Chicago, IL
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Updated: 2023-12-15

Living In Chicago, Illinois Summary

Life in Chicago research summary. HomeSnacks has been using Saturday Night Science to research the quality of life in Chicago over the past nine years using Census, FBI, Zillow, and other primary data sources. Based on the most recently available data, we found the following about life in Chicago:

  • The population in Chicago is 2,721,914.

  • The median home value in Chicago is $283,025.

  • The median income in Chicago is $71,673.

  • The cost of living in Chicago is 113 which is 1.1x higher than the national average.

  • The median rent in Chicago is $1,314.

  • The unemployment rate in Chicago is 8.2%.

  • The poverty rate in Chicago is 16.9%.

  • The average high in Chicago is 58.8° and the average low is 43.3°.

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Chicago, IL Crime Report

Crime in Chicago summary. We use data from the FBI to determine the crime rates in Chicago. Key points include:

  • There were 97,411 total crimes in Chicago in the last reporting year.

  • The overall crime rate per 100,000 people in Chicago is 3,672.9 / 100k people.

  • The violent crime rate per 100,000 people in Chicago is 540.0 / 100k people.

  • The property crime rate per 100,000 people in Chicago is 3,133.0 / 100k people.

  • Overall, crime in Chicago is 58.03% above the national average.

Total Crimes
Above National Average

Crime In Chicago Comparison Table

Statistic Count
/ 100k People
/ 100k People
/ 100k People
Total Crimes Per 100K 97,411 3,672.9 1,985.3 2,324.2
Violent Crime 14,321 540.0 425.9 369.8
Murder 604 22.8 9.1 6.3
Robbery 8,948 337.4 97.4 66.1
Aggravated Assault 3,395 128.0 278.9 268.2
Property Crime 83,090 3,133.0 1,559.4 1,954.4
Burglary 7,626 287.5 246.4 269.8
Larceny 54,273 2,046.4 1,143.5 1,401.9
Car Theft 21,191 799.0 169.5 282.7

Chicago, IL Cost Of Living

Cost of living in Chicago summary. We use data on the cost of living to determine how expensive it is to live in Chicago. Real estate prices drive most of the variance in cost of living around Illinois. Key points include:

  • The cost of living in Chicago is 113 with 100 being average.

  • The cost of living in Chicago is 1.1x higher than the national average.

  • The median home value in Chicago is $283,025.

  • The median income in Chicago is $71,673.

Chicago's Overall Cost Of Living
Higher Than The National Average

Cost Of Living In Chicago Comparison Table

Living Expense Chicago Illinois National Average
Overall 113 92 100
Services 108 95 100
Groceries 105 98 100
Health 112 96 100
Housing 117 81 100
Transportation 126 105 100
Utilities 98 90 100

Chicago, IL Weather

  • The average high in Chicago is 58.8° and the average low is 43.3°.

  • There are 73.3 days of precipitation each year.

  • Expect an average of 38.1 inches of precipitation each year with 35.2 inches of snow.

Average Annual High58.8
Average Annual Low43.3
Annual Precipitation Days73.3
Average Annual Precipitation38.1
Average Annual Snowfall35.2
Average High
Days of Rain

Chicago, IL Photos

Unemployed Men Queued Outside A Depression Soup Kitchen Opened In Chicago By Al Caponec   Nara
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Chicago Sunrise
Source: Wikipedia User Daniel Schwen | CC BY-SA 4.0
Buildings Along Chicago River Line The South Border Of The Near North Side And Streeterville And The North Border Of Chicago Loopc Lakeshore East And Illinois Center
Source: Wikipedia User flickr user mindfrieze | CC BY-SA 2.0
Chicago Skylinec Viewed From John Hancock Center
Source: Wikipedia User Allen McGregor | CC BY 2.0
Chicago From North Avenue Beach June Panorama
Source: Wikipedia User King of Hearts | CC BY-SA 3.0
Chicago Lighthouse
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X Chicago Republic
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St Mary Of The Angels Interior
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Federal Reserve Bank Of Chicago
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26 Reviews & Comments About Chicago

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ThesexyMrX -

Funny thing is, I live in Chicago, and I notice theres only south side neighborhoods listed. I live on the northside, and to me the south side is a completely different city. Ive only been there for bad things, and to try and buy a car. So yea, theres bad pockets on the north side, but they are usually small spots like a few block here and there.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-15 14:41:03.715321

Chicago is a wonderful city. There is so much diversity and culture. The atmosphere was ablaze with an electric energy. Everyone was incredibly friendly.

There are so many good places to eat! Especially restaurants that cater to the vegetarian

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-16 03:08:52.140601

Its a cool city, there's lots to do with your family and friends.

great america, sports, food, site seeing, ferris wheel, taste of chicago.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-16 03:33:47.072731

I really enjoyed the River Walk in downtown Chicago, which is also recently being expanded to the North Side of the City

We really enjoyed the Virgin Hotel, especially the second floor restaurantlounge area. Great drinks and friendly staff.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-23 13:26:37.145554

Its an interesting place to visit. I went around and saw different things. I saw The Bean. It was fun.

It was pretty bland. Other than the bean there wasn't anything that really stood out as special. I guess just knowing there was a big body of water nearby was pretty cool.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-07-23 20:17:33.871719

Horrible crime, horrible drivers, rude people. I do not feel safe driving down there at all due to crime and bad drivers.

Crime!! There are multiple murders a day. I cannot imagine how many car jacking there are or muggings. They also do not allow concealed carry so you can protect yourself.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-01 13:30:37.349515

Chicago is awful. I always feel like I have to watch my back or I might get robbed or shot. I hear about shootings on the news and radio on a daily basis, and it scares me. Not only is murder rampant, everything is incredibly expensive, wages are low, and education is awful.

Don't walk around at night, and always keep an eye behind you.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-03 02:34:45.653152

I love Chicago. It is one of the best cities in the world. It's diverse and vast, but still has a nice Midwestern feel. There are different neighborhoods within the city itself that you can visit and find something interesting and new to do. Best restaurant choices and a lot of bars and speakeasies.

The Riverwalk is a must. There are some bars and ice cream places along the river and it is great for people watching. Tiny Tapp and City Winery are great places for a date. Different tea and coffee places are great, too. Especially places that are owned by the same owners of places like Au Cheval and Bavette's.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-03 12:56:19.932130

My school life is pleasant memories. My friends can not forget when. They are no longer a good relationship. i really miss my school life. and missing my sweet all friends.

my favorite place for chicago only.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-20 18:18:02.637002

I know Chicago has some of the highest crime rates in the country, but I was fortunate enough to not encounter any for the 3 years I lived there. I went to school at Truman Community College, which speaking of crime, was kind of dangerous. There were a few times the school would be closed down because of shootings on the block or bomb threats. That said, I enjoyed my time there and was never in physical danger. If you stick to certain neighborhoods mostly and if you don't go out there looking like a target or like you're weak, you'll be just fine.

The Chicago Diner in Logan Square is the best vegetarian food I've ever had. Also, love Pick Me Up Cafe in Lakeview is a good comfort food restaurant open all night with great vegetarian food. The L&L Tavern in Lakeview is a great dive bar. The local lore is that Jeffrey Dahmer used to sit across from the place scoping out future victims. Also, John Wayne Gacy allegedly walked in there dressed in clown garb.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-20 18:28:32.350758

it was a nice city until i realized that how much crime was going on in the city it makes you wonder how people enjoy living here.

sears tower, Chicago bears soldier field stood out how they honor the vets in the military.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-20 20:17:49.312855

I was born and raised in Chicago. I do not recommend anyone to live her or visit. Ten to twenty years ago it used to be more segergated than it is today but there is still an issue of seperation. Downtown is expensive while anything past 35th street is unwelcome. The Southern, Western, some parts Northwest are all bad. There's obvious racism here because of it. It doesn't offer a lot of attractions either. There's a few landmarks downtown but nothing major. The food is alright. Nothing to write home too.

The only good things that stand out are deep dish pizza. If you never had it before you are in for a treat. It's basically deep crust pizza formed like a pie with two to three layers of cheese, toppings and sauce on top. If you had deep dish pizza before there is nothing else in Chicago worth wide. Everything is expensive. Tax here is 12% or higher depending on what you buy.

The worse thing about Chicago is that it's one of the highest murder cities in the USA. It used to be the highest in the world at one point. It's not so bad around the downtown area but again past 35th is where the shootings happen. Guns are not illegal here, it's easy to get one and gangs are a constant problem.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-20 22:45:42.837371

I went to the Chicago Botanical Gardens. It was like experiencing a little bit of Heaven on Earth. It was the best compilation of beautiful plants, shrubs and trees that I have ever seen, and all in one location!

The Rose Garden Area of the Chicago Botanical Gardens with the Huge Circular Fountain in the middle of the Rose Garden was Exceptional! Never saw so many beautifulrRoses all in one place!

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-20 22:47:02.885432

Chicago is a great city, don't listen to what the media says.

Navy Pier and Wrigley Field are great! Be sure to go to Lou Malnati's for deep dish pizza or Portillos for Italian Beef

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-27 21:43:39.613280

Crime is no bueno, schools and children are suffering, and police are corrupt.

Downtown Chicago is nice! the lake, the shedd aquarium. SO many place to eat!

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-27 22:36:29.543234

The crime is very bad. It is overall everywhere now. It needs to be addressed.

Neighborhoods are good but the crime rate is ridiculous.

Favorite places are sites downtown. The music, theater, skyline, outdoor scenery, restaurant scene, concerts and shopping are very good to enjoy.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-08-28 00:49:00.732952

I loved visiting Chicago! The museums, shopping, culture and restaurants were so much fun. My favorite was the field museum, especially the dinosaur exhibits. The Chicago style pizza was enough to take me back someday all by itself! We were careful to take taxi cabs at night to wherever we wanted to visit, so didn't experience any crime.

The field museum was awesome. We also enjoyed the Sears tower and several different art museums. I think the food stood out the most. The pizza at Lou Malnati's is to die for. Yolk had the most amazing breakfasts. I think I gained 10 lbs over the 5 days we were there!

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-06 00:48:25.242122

The crime rate in this city is high. I couldn't find anything worth while to do without traveling to the heart of the city.

The abandoned buildings on every block was an absolute turn off. The design and placement of the homes were too close and unattractive.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-06 02:51:44.601211

Met wonderful people and was taken to many fun and exciting attractions. Luckily it was great weather, I know it gets windy.

The food and drink was amazing.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-10 12:59:07.126283

I had a fun time 'vacationing' there when I had to go for a week of conferences for a job. I enjoyed the nightlife and running around the city with friends. The Wyhdam OHare hotel staff were very nice and the hotel was modern and clean.

The trains were easy to take and very quick. Millennium Park was modern and new. And the free concerts there were very fun. The hotel and the shuttle services were also very easy to use and the staff was very nice.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-10 16:45:12.353457

My experience living in Chicago for three months was truly horrible as the crime rate and amount violence that occurs there is just shocking. Everyday there were gang related shootings and murders and the city just ran rampant with police bribery and corruption. Also, there wasn't anything to do there as there are no scenic or natural attractions to visit, just violence.

Needless to say, the high amount of violence stood out to me the most as I now understand why it has one of the highest crime rates in America. There was nothing great about living there as the quality of life is bad.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-19 01:24:08.124398

Chicago is a very interesting city. For one thing, the weather changes constantly, keeping one guessing on what the day is going to be like. There are many places to see in Chicago. Downtown is surrounded by architectural accomplishments that are both breathtaking and eye-catching.

The W***y's building, formerly The Sears Tower, is one that definitely stands out. I believe it is the second highest building in the world. It has a view deck that has a panoramic view of Chicago.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-19 04:16:54

Chicago is an awesome city with great sites, cool people, and delicious food. I have never struggled to find something fun to do in this city.

The festivals are all good, and the tourist areas aren't that bad either.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-19 04:46:12.636501

the Chicago city is amazing itself/ The downtown area is splendid, the fact that is located in one piece make it more charming and great. There is everything that you can think off or wish.

Favourite place is the beach, and the Michigan Ave - I just love to walk through it. The bad thing is the crime outside the downtown area, but this is the different story too.

HomeSnacks User - 2018-09-19 05:14:47.000508

I recently visited Chicago last week for a long 3 day weekend. I found the city pleasantly beautiful and impressive. The people were friendly and the food and sites were excellent. I loved the layout of the city and its proximity to Lake Michigan. The Willis and Hancock buildings and their observatories were lovely.

I especially loved the city architecture and its proximity to the Chicago River. The ambiance and sights as one cruises down the river and admires the buildings and surroundings is spell-bounding.

HomeSnacks User - 2019-04-16 02:57:40.617875

Where to begin- The city itself and state of Illinois run soley by the leftist Democrats. Really high taxes, crime that's beyond out of control. Horrid public school systems and Crook County wrote the book on crooked politics. Now there used to be parts of the city that were safe but now even that's long gone. Worse yet, the uber leftist rich have begun to push out the projects they created years ago immediately after MLK was murdered and cities burned to ground. The culture and people they single handedly destroyed and enslaved with welfare, purposely promoting single parent households and values related to everything other than what matters all in the name of votes. So now the last livable areas with decent schools, safe streets are vanishing with the relocation of these hood rats by the white loathing leftists.

One sided leftist politics that control Illinois.

Out of control taxes

Absolutely horrid roads

Absolutely horrid crime

Absolutely horrid schools

No end in site with Madigan always in control.

New clueless bleeding heart billionaire governor Pritzker catering to the race pimps and lefty rich.

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Chicago Demographics And Statistics

Population over time in Chicago

The current population in Chicago is 2,721,914. The population has increased 0.7% from 2010.

Year Population % Change
2022 2,721,914 0.1%
2021 2,718,555 -0.1%
2020 2,722,586 0.3%
2019 2,714,017 -0.1%
2018 2,717,534 0.2%
2017 2,712,608 0.2%
2016 2,706,101 0.1%
2015 2,702,471 0.1%
2014 2,700,741 -0.1%
2013 2,703,466 -

Race / Ethnicity in Chicago

32.7% (891,281)
African American
28.4% (771,853)
American Indian
0.1% (1,990)
6.9% (188,325)
0.0% (695)
0.4% (10,134)
Two Or More
2.6% (69,530)
29.0% (788,106)

Chicago is:

  • 32.7% White with 891,281 White residents.

  • 28.4% African American with 771,853 African American residents.

  • 0.1% American Indian with 1,990 American Indian residents.

  • 6.9% Asian with 188,325 Asian residents.

  • 0.0% Hawaiian with 695 Hawaiian residents.

  • 0.4% Other with 10,134 Other residents.

  • 2.6% Two Or More with 69,530 Two Or More residents.

  • 29.0% Hispanic with 788,106 Hispanic residents.

Race Chicago IL USA
White 32.7% 59.6% 58.9%
African American 28.4% 13.7% 12.1%
American Indian 0.1% 0.1% 0.6%
Asian 6.9% 5.7% 5.7%
Hawaiian 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Other 0.4% 0.3% 0.4%
Two Or More 2.6% 2.8% 3.5%
Hispanic 29.0% 17.8% 18.7%

Gender in Chicago

51.2% (1,394,214)
48.8% (1,327,699)
  • Chicago is 51.2% female with 1,394,214 female residents.

  • Chicago is 48.8% male with 1,327,699 male residents.

Gender Chicago IL USA
Female 51.2% 50.5% 50.4%
Male 48.8% 49.5% 49.6%

Highest level of educational attainment in Chicago for adults over 25

  • 5.0% of adults in Chicago completed < 9th grade.

  • 7.0% of adults in Chicago completed 9-12th grade.

  • 22.0% of adults in Chicago completed high school / ged.

  • 17.0% of adults in Chicago completed some college.

  • 6.0% of adults in Chicago completed associate's degree.

  • 24.0% of adults in Chicago completed bachelor's degree.

  • 13.0% of adults in Chicago completed master's degree.

  • 4.0% of adults in Chicago completed professional degree.

  • 2.0% of adults in Chicago completed doctorate degree.

< 9th Grade
5.0% (136,095)
9-12th Grade
7.0% (190,533)
High School / GED
22.0% (598,821)
Some College
17.0% (462,725)
Associate's Degree
6.0% (163,314)
Bachelor's Degree
24.0% (653,259)
Master's Degree
13.0% (353,848)
Professional Degree
4.0% (108,876)
Doctorate Degree
2.0% (54,438)
Education Chicago IL USA
< 9th Grade 5.0% 6.0% 4.0%
9-12th Grade 7.0% 5.0% 6.0%
High School / GED 22.0% 25.0% 26.0%
Some College 17.0% 20.0% 20.0%
Associate's Degree 6.0% 8.0% 9.0%
Bachelor's Degree 24.0% 22.0% 21.0%
Master's Degree 13.0% 11.0% 10.0%
Professional Degree 4.0% 2.0% 2.0%
Doctorate Degree 2.0% 1.0% 2.0%

Household Income For Chicago, Illinois

  • 7.3% of households in Chicago earn Less than $10,000.

  • 5.1% of households in Chicago earn $10,000 to $14,999.

  • 7.9% of households in Chicago earn $15,000 to $24,999.

  • 7.6% of households in Chicago earn $25,000 to $34,999.

  • 9.8% of households in Chicago earn $35,000 to $49,999.

  • 14.1% of households in Chicago earn $50,000 to $74,999.

  • 11.7% of households in Chicago earn $75,000 to $99,999.

  • 15.4% of households in Chicago earn $100,000 to $149,999.

  • 8.3% of households in Chicago earn $150,000 to $199,999.

  • 12.8% of households in Chicago earn $200,000 or more.

Less than $10,000
7.3% (19,841,477)
$10,000 to $14,999
5.1% (13,966,001)
$15,000 to $24,999
7.9% (21,414,053)
$25,000 to $34,999
7.6% (20,699,552)
$35,000 to $49,999
9.8% (26,685,842)
$50,000 to $74,999
14.1% (38,317,311)
$75,000 to $99,999
11.7% (31,730,224)
$100,000 to $149,999
15.4% (41,878,490)
$150,000 to $199,999
8.3% (22,696,347)
$200,000 or more
12.8% (34,962,098)
Income Chicago IL USA
Less than $10,000 7.3% 5.3% 4.9%
$10,000 to $14,999 5.1% 3.5% 3.8%
$15,000 to $24,999 7.9% 6.7% 7.0%
$25,000 to $34,999 7.6% 7.1% 7.4%
$35,000 to $49,999 9.8% 10.1% 10.7%
$50,000 to $74,999 14.1% 15.4% 16.1%
$75,000 to $99,999 11.7% 12.9% 12.8%
$100,000 to $149,999 15.4% 17.6% 17.1%
$150,000 to $199,999 8.3% 9.4% 8.8%
$200,000 or more 12.8% 12.1% 11.4%

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