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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 […]

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 […]

Chicago Residents Live Longer Than Average American

Average life expectancy at birth in the United States is 78.5 years. However, the range of life expectancy across the country is nearly 10 years and depends largely on the city. In the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI metro area, life expectancy is 79.1 years at birth, greater than the average life expectancy nationwide. Across Illinois, life expectancy […]

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 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 […]

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. […]

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