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Month: November 2016 (page 1 of 2)

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 […]

Why Students In Illinois Graduate College With More Debt

Total student debt in the United States, at approximately $1.26 trillion, is the second largest consumer debt in the country after mortgages. The average debt of all U.S. college undergraduates, including those who did not take any student loans, is around $16,929 per student, according to new data from student loan news website the Student […]

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. is the Largest Private Company in Illinois

Going public is often regarded as the final step in a private company’s growth. While a public offering streamlines fund-raising activities and offers many other advantages, many owners prefer to keep control of their companies. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from company data reviewer PrivCo to identify the largest company in each state. Based on […]

Bloomington is the Drunkest City in Illinois

Alcohol abuse cost the United States $250 billion in 2010, according to a 2015 study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These costs include health care expenses associated with alcohol consumption as well as estimated lost productivity. Binge drinking was related to three-quarters of the total cost. Residents of different states report different […]

Chicago Commuting Times Among the Highest in the Nation

The average resident of the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area spends 31.8 minutes commuting to work, longer than both the national average of 26.4 minutes and the statewide average of 28.8 minutes. Chicago residents have the longest commute of any metro area in Illinois. Two of the main factors that determine commute time are the distance to […]

Chicago Residents Less Likely to Smoke Than Adults Nationwide

An estimated 15.5% of adults in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area smoke, lower than the 17.0% national smoking rate and lower than the 16.5% statewide smoking rate. The Chicago smoking rate is the lowest in Illinois. According to the Centers for Disease Control, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States. […]

Violent Crime in Illinois Similar to National Level

Violence in the United States has steadily declined for several decades. While the violent crime rate has fallen considerably — from 685 incidents reported per 100,000 Americans in 1995 to the current rate of 383 incidents per 100,000 — the national violent crime rate rose 3.0% last year. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crime rates […]

Why Chicago Has One of the Highest Robbery Rates

The FBI defines robbery as the taking, or the attempted taking, of anything of value from someone by force, threat of violence, or fear. Most robberies involve the use of a firearm and yield $1,190 worth of goods on average. There were 327,374 robberies reported nationwide in 2015 — 102 per 100,000 Americans. Crime and […]

Chicago is One of the Most Crowded Cities

There are 8,613 people per square mile in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin metro area, higher than the national population density of 6,321 Americans per square mile across all U.S. metro areas. Chicago also has the highest population density of any Illinois metro area. Population density can have a meaningful impact on home prices in an area. There […]

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