Chicago demographics profile

StatisticChicagoIllinoisNational
Population2,714,01712,851,684318,558,162
Population density (sq mi)11,93822291
Median age33.937.437.7
Male/Female ratio0.9:11.0:11.0:1
Married (15yrs & older)41%55%55%
Speak English64%77%79%
Speak Spanish25%13%13%
Chicago, IL has a population of 2,714,017 and is the 3rd largest city in the United States. The population density is 11,938 per sq mi which is 5270% higher than the Illinois average and 13077% higher than the national average. The median age in Chicago is 34 which is approximately 9% lower than the Illinois average of 37. In Chicago, 41% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 64% speak English and 25% speak Spanish. 59% of Chicago residents were born in Illinois, 18% were born out of state, 2% were born outside of the United States and 21% were foreign born.

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  • The population density in Chicago is 5270% higher than Illinois.
  • The median age in Chicago is 9% lower than Illinois.
  • In Chicago 48.69% of the population is Caucasian.
  • In Chicago 30.95% of the population is African American.
  • In Chicago 6.09% of the population is Asian.

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Chicago population breakdown by race

RaceChicagoIllinoisNational
Caucasian48.69%72.14%73.35%
African American30.95%14.30%12.63%
Asian6.09%5.10%5.22%
American Indian0.29%0.23%0.82%
Native Hawaiian0.03%0.03%0.18%
Mixed race2.52%2.34%3.06%
Other race11.44%5.86%4.75%
In Chicago, 29.1% of people are of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Please note: Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in any/all of the applicable race categories above.

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Source: The Chicago, IL demographics data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).