Income/capita 3%
Household income 9%
Unemployment 56%
Income per capita$30,847$31,502$29,829
Median household income$50,434$59,196$55,322
Median income owner occupied$76,476$75,354$70,586
Median income renter occupied$35,017$34,488$35,192
Median earnings male$36,144$40,474$36,919
Median earnings female$30,441$27,197$26,250
Unemployment rate7.3%5.3%4.7%
Poverty level21.7%14.0%15.1%

Key findings

  • The income per capita in Chicago is 3% higher than the national average
  • The median household income in Chicago is 9% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Chicago is 56% higher than the national average
  • The poverty level in Chicago is 43% higher than the national average

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      Chicago employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry7.0%0.7%
      Manufacturing sector11.2%0.2%
      Financial & insurance services6.1%5.9%
      Wholesale & retail services11.7%11.2%
      Public administration4.5%3.7%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities9.0%3.6%
      Education, health & social services12.8%33.4%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Kenilworth, IL2,613$211,023281%
      Golf, IL533$168,750205%
      Western Springs, IL13,133$147,361166%
      Wilmette, IL27,367$138,651151%
      Burr Ridge, IL10,736$126,771129%
      Chicago, IL2,714,017$50,4349%

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationHousehold IncomeNational Avg.
      Houston, TX2,240,582$47,01015%
      Philadelphia, PA1,559,938$39,77028%
      Phoenix, AZ1,555,324$49,32811%
      Los Angeles, CA3,918,872$51,5387%
      San Antonio, TX1,439,358$48,18313%
      Chicago, IL2,714,017$50,4349%
      Source: The Chicago, IL employment data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).