This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Chicago has a low population density. Chicago is perfect for those who want to be in the city without constantly rubbing shoulders.
With a quality of life rating of 5/10 and an overall value of 4/10, there are many things to love about Chicago, IL, but there are also a few factors that may not be the best fit for everyone. Most homeowners will be happy in Chicago, but be sure to visit first to make sure it’s the best place for you.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Chicago has a population density of 12,444, with 2,826,430 current residents.
Out of the 2,826,430 current residents, 49% are male and 51% are female. 44% of the residents are married and 57% are single.
- 52% Sun
- 36% Rain
- 28% Snow
51°F average temperature
- 57 years Median home age
- $220,470 Median home price
- -11.35% Home appreciation rate
- 16.1% Annual property tax
As for living in Chicago, the air quality is 7% and the weather, on average, is 52% sunny, 36% rainy, and 28% snowy. The average temperature is 51°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Chicago, you should know that 38.4% of homes are owned while 49.3% of homes are rented, and 12.2% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $220,470, the median age of homes is 57 years, the annual home appreciation is -11.35% and the annual property tax is 16.10%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)9
When looking at the community of Chicago, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Chicago’s crime rate is 9 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Chicago is 35 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 76.21% Democratic, 22.82% Republican, and 0.97% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:20
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
72%High school diploma
5%Some college or associates degree
10%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Chicago, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 11.60% of residents are unemployed in Chicago (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Chicago residents: 13.5% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 20.30% are in the arts and sciences field, 16.4% are in the customer service field, 27% are in the sales field, 0.09% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 6.6% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 16.2% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:20. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 71.96%, 4.63% of residents have an associate’s degree, 15.93% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 10.35% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Chicago, you should be aware that the average commute time is 38 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Chicago have a few different options. 50% of commuters use their own cars, 15% of commuters carpool, 26% of commuters use the transit system, and 2% of residents work from home.