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Chicago is the 2nd Most Segregated City in America

Of the 28.7 million black Americans living in the nation’s largest metropolitan areas, nearly one-quarter reside in segregated neighborhoods — where at least 80% of residents are black. People living in urban areas are even more likely to be isolated, with 44.4% living in homogeneous neighborhoods, where the vast majority of residents have the same […]

Chicago is the 4th Most American City

The electorate for the upcoming election will be the most racially diverse in U.S. history. Polling data and election coverage have shown an increasingly polarized America, and political analysts have struggled to identify who the average American is. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a range of social and economic data for all 381 U.S. metro areas […]

Danville Residents Have the Shortest Life Expectancy of Any Illinois City

The U.S. death rate rose last year for the first time in a decade. This led to the first drop in life expectancy since 1993. The typical American in 2015 can expect to live 78.8 years, down slightly from 78.9 years in 2014. Heart disease and cancer remain the leading causes of death in the […]

Chicago Residents Lead Less Sedentary Lives Than Adults Nationwide

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week, as well as two or more sessions of muscle strengthening activities. However, a large share of Americans do not exercise at all outside of getting up and going to work, and that share has […]

Chicago Residents No More Obese Than the Average American

The obesity epidemic is one the most serious health problems in America today. The incidence of obesity has more than tripled since 1980 among children aged 2 to 19 years and has increased substantially among the rest of the population. Today, 27.0% of adults are obese. In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, 26.4% of adults are […]

Champaign-Urbana Residents Live Longer Than in Any Illinois City

The U.S. death rate rose last year for the first time in a decade. This led to the first drop in life expectancy since 1993. The typical American in 2015 can expect to live 78.8 years, down slightly from 78.9 years in 2014. Heart disease and cancer remain the leading cause of deaths in the […]

Illinois is Less Healthy Than Most States

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Illinois Among the Worst States for Black Americans

The United States was late to abolish slavery compared with many other nations, and in no other nation did its abolition involve the level of violence seen during the American Civil War, in which approximately 750,000 people were killed. From the stormy years from 1865 through 1877 following the years of Reconstruction, to the civil […]

Illinois 2nd Worst Run State in America

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Homeownership Rate in Chicago Similar to Nation

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, 63.2% of residents own their homes, similar to the national homeownership rate and the second lowest of any metro area in Illinois. Young Americans are […]

Poverty Rate in Chicago Below National Level

An estimated 13.3% of residents in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area live below the poverty line, a smaller share than the national poverty rate of 14.7% and roughly similar to the state’s poverty rate of 13.6%. Chicago has the third lowest poverty rate of any Illinois metro area. A high school education can mean the difference […]

Why Quality of Life is Higher in Illinois

Americans often evaluate their home states according to such subjective conditions as climate preference, the presence of friends and family, and personal history. In addition to these subjective measures, more objective socioeconomic factors also contribute to life satisfaction. It is such quantitative measures that can help assess the broader quality of life in a given […]

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