Chicago Metro Area - Rankings and Statistics - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Population
    9,488,493
  • Population Density
    991 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    9,579 sq.mi.
  • Primary City
    Chicago, IL
The Chicago metro area is centered in Illinois and has 9,488,493 residents. It has high home values, average rent costs, and high unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

Cities

Niche Grade Name Population
3.00 Chicago 2,706,101
4.00 Aurora 198,726
3.33 Joliet 147,459
4.33 Naperville 143,223
3.66 Elgin 109,825
3.00 Kenosha 99,535
2.66 Waukegan 88,560
1.66 Cicero 83,930
2.00 Hammond 80,122
1.00 Gary 79,922
4.00 Arlington Heights 75,492
4.33 Evanston 74,937
4.00 Schaumburg 74,292
4.33 Bolingbrook 73,799
4.33 Palatine 68,738
4.00 Skokie 64,885
4.00 Des Plaines 58,569
3.66 Orland Park 57,194
3.66 Tinley Park 56,810
3.00 Oak Lawn 56,765
2.66 Berwyn 56,626
4.00 Mount Prospect 54,436
4.33 Wheaton 53,245
4.00 Hoffman Estates 52,265
4.33 Oak Park 51,902

Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 Cook County 5,212,372
4.33 DuPage County 922,803
4.33 Lake County 702,099
4.00 Will County 679,688
4.00 Kane County 518,380
2.66 Lake County 494,250
4.00 McHenry County 308,060
3.00 Kenosha County 166,874
3.66 Porter County 165,168
4.00 Kendall County 116,366
3.00 DeKalb County 104,820
3.33 Grundy County 50,064
2.66 Jasper County 33,398
2.00 Newton County 14,151

Nearby Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
2.66 Milwaukee Metro Area 1,560,621
3.00 Indianapolis Metro Area 1,911,795
2.33 Grand Rapids Metro Area 998,916
2.66 St. Louis Metro Area 2,792,127
2.00 Dayton Metro Area 801,888

Comparable Metro Areas

Niche Grade Name Population
3.33 New York City Metro Area 19,716,880
3.00 Philadelphia Metro Area 5,992,766
3.66 Boston Metro Area 4,604,278
4.33 Washington, D.C. Metro Area 5,759,330
4.00 San Francisco Metro Area 4,402,729

Top School Districts

Niche Grade Name Total Schools
4.33 Adlai E. Stevenson High School District No. 125 1
4.33 New Trier Township High School District No. 203 2
Skokie School District No. 68 4
Sandridge School District No. 172 1
Community Consolidated School District No. 62 11
4.33 Northfield Township High School District No. 225 4
Evanston Community Consolidated School District No. 65 17
Skokie School District No. 69 3
4.33 Community High School District No. 128 2
4.33 Indian Prairie Community Unit School District No. 204 33
4.33 Naperville Community Unit School District No. 203 22
East Maine School District No. 63 7
4.33 Barrington Community Unit School District No. 220 12
East Prairie School District No. 73 1
4.33 Township High School District No. 113 2
Schiller Park School District No. 81 3
4.33 Hinsdale Township High School District No. 86 2
Union School District No. 81 1
Maercker School District No. 60 3
4.33 Elmhurst School District No. 205 13
Beach Park Community Consolidated School District No. 3 5
River Trails School District No. 26 3
Community Consolidated School District No. 59 14
4.33 Community Unit School District No. 200 20
Keeneyville School District No. 20 3

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Adlai E. Stevenson High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Payton College Preparatory High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
4.33 Young Magnet High School Public, Magnet 7-12 High
4.33 Northside College Preparatory High School Public, Magnet 9-12 High
4.33 Glenbrook North High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Glenbrook South High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 New Trier Township High School Public 10-12 High
4.33 Hinsdale Central High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Vernon Hills High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Libertyville High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Neuqua Valley High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Deerfield High School Public 9-12 High
Madison Elementary School Public PK, K-2 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Highland Park High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Evanston Township High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Naperville Central High School Public PK, 9-12 Pre-K, High
4.33 White Eagle Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 River Woods Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Nancy Young Elementary School Public K-5 Elementary
4.33 Gordon Gregory Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 William Fremd High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Scullen Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Still Middle School Public 6-8 Middle
4.33 Barrington High School Public 9-12 High
4.33 Madison Junior High School Public 6-8 Middle

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Ravenswood Baptist Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
4.33 The Latin School of Chicago Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
Larkin Center School Private, Special Education 1-12 Elementary, High
Parkview Baptist Academy Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
Gah Dillard Harris Educational Center Private, Special Education 6-12 High
4.33 University of Chicago Lab School Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
Rockford Iqra' School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
4.33 Lake Forest Academy Private, Boarding 9-12 High
Marklund Day School Private, Special Education PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
Lutherbrook Academy Private, Special Education 2-12 Elementary, High
Calumet Christian School Private, Religious PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
Allendale School Private, Special Education 3-12 Elementary, High
4.00 Morgan Park Academy Private PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, High
Lydia Urban Academy Private, Alternative, Religious 9-11 Middle
Jewish Children's Bureau School Private, Religious, Special Education 1-12 Elementary, High
Thresholds High School Private, Special Education 10-12 High
Lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. School Private, Religious, Special Education 5-12 High
3.66 Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Private, Boarding, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
4.33 University of Chicago
4.33 Northwestern University
4.00 Wheaton College - Illinois
4.00 Purdue University
4.00 VanderCook College of Music
3.66 Moody Bible Institute
3.66 DePaul University
3.33 North Central College
3.33 Beloit College
3.33 Alverno College
3.00 Lake Forest College
3.00 University of Illinois at Chicago
3.00 Illinois Institute of Technology
3.00 North Park University
3.00 Loyola University Chicago
3.00 University of St. Francis - Illinois
3.00 Elmhurst College
3.00 School of the Art Institute of Chicago
3.00 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
2.66 Roosevelt University
2.66 Lewis University
2.66 Olivet Nazarene University
2.66 Carthage College
2.66 Valparaiso University
2.66 Saint Xavier University

Around Chicago

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Chicago Metro Area United States Illinois Boston Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
White 54.70% 63.25% 63.25% 74.45% 49.04% 64.46% 42.08% 48.32%
Hispanic 20.94% 16.62% 16.04% 9.37% 22.94% 8.11% 21.71% 14.11%
African American 16.87% 12.23% 14.20% 6.92% 15.89% 20.23% 7.86% 25.07%
Asian 5.77% 4.83% 4.71% 6.69% 9.93% 5.10% 23.42% 9.28%
Multiracial 1.45% 2.05% 1.53% 1.81% 1.46% 1.75% 3.64% 2.69%
Other 0.15% 0.19% 0.13% 0.64% 0.57% 0.22% 0.33% 0.27%
Native American 0.11% 0.66% 0.11% 0.10% 0.14% 0.12% 0.24% 0.22%
Pacific Islander 0.02% 0.16% 0.02% 0.02% 0.03% 0.02% 0.71% 0.05%

Age

Chicago Metro Area United States Illinois Boston Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
9 years and under 13% 13% 13% 11% 12% 12% 12% 13%
10 to 17 years 11% 11% 11% 10% 10% 11% 9% 10%
18 to 24 years 9% 10% 10% 10% 9% 10% 9% 9%
25 to 34 years 14% 13% 14% 14% 14% 13% 15% 15%
35 to 44 years 14% 13% 13% 13% 14% 13% 15% 15%
45 to 54 years 14% 14% 14% 15% 15% 15% 15% 15%
55 to 64 years 11% 12% 12% 12% 12% 12% 12% 11%
65 and over 12% 13% 13% 13% 13% 14% 13% 10%

Education Levels

Chicago Metro Area United States Illinois Boston Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Less than a high school diploma 13% 14% 13% 9% 15% 11% 12% 10%
High school diploma or equivalent 25% 28% 27% 24% 26% 31% 17% 19%
Some college or associate degree 27% 29% 29% 23% 22% 24% 26% 23%
Bachelor's degree 21% 18% 19% 24% 21% 20% 27% 25%
Master's degree or higher 13% 11% 12% 19% 15% 13% 18% 23%

Gender

Chicago Metro Area United States Illinois Boston Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Male 48.9% 49.2% 49.1% 48.4% 48.3% 48.3% 49.3% 48.7%
Female 51.1% 50.8% 50.9% 51.6% 51.7% 51.7% 50.7% 51.3%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Chicago Metro Area United States Illinois Boston Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Rent 34.0% 35.1% 32.5% 38.2% 47.5% 31.6% 45.8% 35.8%
Own 66.0% 64.9% 67.5% 61.8% 52.5% 68.4% 54.2% 64.2%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Chicago Metro Area United States Illinois Boston Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Assault 68.1 278.9 116.8 227.8 242.6 253.0 249.2 337.0
Murder 7.1 5.0 6.1 1.8 3.7 6.7 5.5 8.2
Robbery 187.3 159.8 166.0 92.5 171.3 206.4 318.1 310.6

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Chicago Metro Area United States Illinois Boston Metro Area New York City Metro Area Philadelphia Metro Area San Francisco Metro Area Washington, D.C. Metro Area
Burglary 439.9 573.5 473.4 352.8 253.7 472.8 737.3 395.8
Larceny 1806.4 2079.6 1830.6 1359.6 1266.4 1854.8 2299.8 2610.2
Motor vehicle theft 220.7 235.5 184.0 129.7 114.7 174.6 654.1 309.7

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
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63°
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32°
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Precipitation
1.8"
1.7"
2.5"
3.5"
4.2"
4.1"
4.1"
4.2"
3.3"
3.1"
3.2"
2.3"
Snowfall
10.1"
7.8"
4.2"
0.8"
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0.1"
1.1"
7.9"

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    Precipitation

  • 1.8"
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  • 4.1"
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    Snowfall

  • 10.1"
  • 7.8"
  • 4.2"
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  • 7.9"

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    Avg. Temps

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  • 46°
    28°
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    49°
  • 80°
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    63°
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    62°
  • 75°
    53°
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  • 48°
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  • 34°
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    Precipitation

  • 1.8"
  • 1.7"
  • 2.5"
  • 3.5"
  • 4.2"
  • 4.1"
  • 4.1"
  • 4.2"
  • 3.3"
  • 3.1"
  • 3.2"
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    Snowfall

  • 10.1"
  • 7.8"
  • 4.2"
  • 0.8"
  • 0.0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.1"
  • 1.1"
  • 7.9"

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 420 responses

  • 57% Yes
  • 25% Not sure
  • 17% No

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 305 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 445 responses

  • 45% Very accepting.
  • 43% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 9% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 2% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 1394 responses

  • 33% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 49% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 14% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 4% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 253 responses

  • 14% I love everything about it.
  • 55% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 26% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 4% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 224 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments