Chicago, Illinois 

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+0.7% since 2020

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9.0 / 4.7

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Best Places to Live in Chicago, Illinois

National center - Northeastern Illinois along Lake Michigan. September, June and August are the most pleasant months in Chicago, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Chicago, IL Housing Market
Lowest Priced HomesHOMES UNDER $250,000
Most Expensive ListingsHOMES $250,001 to $500,000
Largest HomesHOMES $500,001 to $750,000
Median Priced HomesHOMES $750,001 to $1,000,000
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What Bert Has To Say About Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Metro Area

A world-class commercial, industrial and cultural city, Chicago functions as is a major national center and as the major regional center for America’s heartland. It originally emerged as a transport center for cargo headed west and agricultural products headed east by land and water. Although transportation technology has changed, the role has not. The city is the most important passenger and freight transport hub in the country with the largest number of air departures and the most rail traffic in the nation. The commercial and manufacturing economy stands out both for its size and diversity. Over 30 Fortune 500 companies in an assortment of industries have headquarters here. Factories and warehouses extend for miles from the downtown area. Chicago is also a major center for small manufacturing and business. There is probably no more diverse an economy in the country.


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Country: United States
State: Illinois
County: Cook County
Metro Area: Chicago-Naperville-Elgin Metro Area
Political Ideology: Strongly liberal
City: Chicago
Zip Codes: 60629, 60618, 60632, 60639, 60623, 60647, 60617, 60625, 60608, 60634, 56 total
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 623 ft above sea level


The unemployment rate in Chicago is 9.0% (U.S. avg. is 6.0%). Recent job growth is Negative. Chicago jobs have decreased by 0.2%. More Economy

Compared to the rest of the country, Chicago's cost of living is 6.9% higher than the U.S. average. More Cost of Living or Compare Chicago's Cost of Living

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In the last Presidential election, Cook county remained overwhelmingly Democratic, 74.2% to 24.0%. More Voting Stats

Chicago's population is 2,677,643 people. Since 2020, it has had a population growth of 0.7%. Learn More...

Average Commute time is 34.6 minutes. The National Average is 26.4 minutes. Learn More...

The median home cost in Chicago is Real Estate: $291,200. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been 1.3%.

Chicago public schools spend $14,559 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 17 students per teacher in Chicago. More Education

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Housing Market in Chicago

It's a good time to buy in Chicago. Home Appreciation is up 10.1% in the last 12 months.
The median home price in Chicago is $291,200.

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Reviews for Chicago   265 Reviews
It's good i guess - 7/21/2021
I was born and raised here until i was 4 1/2. there are also nice places to see also I'm very confused why are people giving bad ratings of my birth... Read More

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At your own risk - 3/17/2021
Lived here for five years, right downtown for three, and two at the end of the Brown train line, a close suburb known as Ravenswood, commuting in to the city for work.... Read More

its safe then why does local new start with shooti - 12/18/2020
Went to Chicago once for a live event was told to go to the main airport because the second one was in the middle of a war zone only stayed two days just wondering for... Read More

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60629, 60618, 60632, 60639, 60623, 60647, 60617, 60625, 60608, 60634, 56 total


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