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Health in Chicago, Illinois

Health is ranked on a scale of 1 (worst) to 100 (best).

Chicago air quality is 48. (The US average is 58.)
This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

Chicago water quality is 31. (The US average is 55.)
Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.

Chicago Superfund Index is 96. (The US average is 87.)
The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

- There are 261 physicians per 100,000 population in Chicago. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.
- Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Chicago commutes 20 minutes one-way, which is shorter than the US average of 26 minutes.

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  HEALTHChicago, IllinoisUnited States
  Air Quality (100=best)47.658.4
  Water Quality (100=best)3155
  Superfund Sites (100=best)95.786.9
  Physicians per Cap.261210
  Health Cost101.1100
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    Reviews for Chicago    252 Reviews
    Chicago is a Mini NYC - 11/20/2018
    I've lived in Chicago since 1999, relocated from Pittsburgh after attending college in Virginia. Chicago has 77 neighborhoods. Very diverse population from all around... Read More

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    Low quality of life. City & state broken. - 10/10/2018
    I was unfortunate enough to live in Chicago for several years. First of all the weather is horrible. People know the winter is bad but the summer is the worst season,... Read More

    Sweet home Chicago. - 8/11/2018
    I’ve lived in several major cities and although Chicago is far from perfect, I will always love it there. I highly recommend living here/visiting here. Culture, history,... Read More

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