By job gal | July 3, 2008
Chicago, located in northeast Illinois, is the largest city in the state and Midwest, and the third-most populous city in the country. Adjacent to Lake Michigan, it is also the largest city on the Great Lakes, and is among the world’s 25 largest urban areas by population. Chicago is considered to be an alpha world city.
Haitian Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, the first permanent settler, arrived in the 1770s. Chicago was founded in 1833 and incorporated as a city in 1837. The city suffered the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed a third of the city, including the entire central business district. Since the Chicago World Fair in 1893, it has been regarded as one of the world’s 10 most influential cities.
Chicago had a hand in developing economics, architecture and physics, as Chicago Pile-1 served as the world’s first artificial nuclear reactor. Today Chicago is known for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Magnificent Mile shopping area and the theater district. In 2006, Chicago was named the 10th richest city by UBS.
Chicago’s Job Market
In 2007, Chicago had a gross metropolitan product of $442 billion, the third-largest in the country. Chicago also has the second-largest central business district in the nation.
The city’s fastest growing industries include: healthcare, information technology, urban planning, and education.
Mean travel time to work: 35.2 percent
Chicago unemployment rate: 6.5 percent
National unemployment rate: 5 percent
Chicago’s Largest Employers
100 N. Riverside Plaza
Chicago, IL 60606
77 W. Wacker Dr.
Chicago, IL 60601
10 S. Dearborn St.
Chicago, IL 60603
550 W. Adams St.
Chicago, IL 60661
Surrounding Area Job Search
University of Illinois at Chicago
Total population: 2,869,121
Persons under five-years old: 7.5 percent
Persons under 18-years old: 26.2 percent
Persons 65-years and older: 10.3 percent
Female: 51.5 percent
White: 42 percent
Black: 36.8 percent
American Indian and Alaska Native: .4 percent
Asian: 4.3 percent
Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander: .1 percent
Other: 13.6 percent
Multi-racial: 2.9 percent
Hispanic or Latino: 26 percent
High school graduates: 71.8 percent
Bachelor’s degree or higher: 25.5 percent
Housing units: 1,152,868
Homeownership rate: 43.8 percent
Median value of owner-occupied housing units: $132,400
Persons per household: 2.67
Median household income: $38,625
Per capita income: $20,175
Persons below poverty: 19.6 percent
Airports: Chicago Midway International, O’Hare International, Gary/Chicago International, Chicago Rockford International
Public Mass Transit: CTA (Chicago L), Metra, Pace
Average annual precipitation: 34.3 inches
Average low temp. in January: 17 degrees
Average high temp. in July: 85 degrees
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