Cook County, Illinois (IL)

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County population in 2012: 5,231,351 (100% urban, 0% rural); it was 5,376,741 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 846,809
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 297,048
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,142,743
Renter-occupied apartments: 822,499 (it was 831,438 in 2000)
% of renters here:

42%
State:

33%

Land area: 946 sq. mi.

Water area: 689.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 5517 people per square mile   (very high).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Cook County: 103.9 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (28.9%), Educational, health and social services (15.9%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (10.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 69%
  • Government: 5%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 24%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Cook County, Illinois:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (43.9%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (24.4%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (24.0%)
  • Asian alone (6.1%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
Median resident age:  35.0 years
Illinois median age:  36.0 years
Males: 2,514,314  (50.1%)
Females: 2,680,361  (49.9%)
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Cook County,IL real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Cook County:

2.0 people
Illinois:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $53,827 ($45,922 in 1999)

This county:

$53827
Illinois:

$56210

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $857 (lower quartile is $663, upper quartile is $1,156)
This county:

$857
State:

$772


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $209,700 (it was $154,300 in 2000)
Cook:

$209,700
Illinois:

$169,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $126,000 - $328,500

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $289,664
Here:

$289,664
State:

$228,842

Townhouses or other attached units: $245,879
Here:

$245,879
State:

$200,693

In 2-unit structures: $219,304
Here:

$219,304
State:

$206,569

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $264,262
Here:

$264,262
State:

$240,302

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $239,756
Here:

$239,756
State:

$222,493

Mobile homes: $26,256
Here:

$26,256
State:

$36,193

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $50,705
Here:

$50,705
State:

$78,149
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,761
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $656

Institutionalized population: 45,749
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Health of residents in Cook County based on CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Questionnaires from 2003 to 2009:

General health status score of residents in this county from 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) is 3.5. This is about average.
74.6% of residents exercised in the past month. This is about average.
44.9% of residents smoked 100+ cigarettes in their lives. This is about average.
81.9% of adult residents drank alcohol in the past 30 days. This is more than average.
70.3% of residents visited a dentist within the past year. This is about average.
Average weight of males is 192 pounds. This is about average.
Average weight of females is 166 pounds. This is more than average.
9.8% of residents keep firearms around their homes. This is less than average.


Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 5369 buildings, average cost: $177,100
  • 2001: 5339 buildings, average cost: $190,000
  • 2002: 5462 buildings, average cost: $211,900
  • 2003: 5419 buildings, average cost: $221,300
  • 2004: 5835 buildings, average cost: $237,200
  • 2005: 6033 buildings, average cost: $244,800
  • 2006: 5001 buildings, average cost: $269,400
  • 2007: 3318 buildings, average cost: $275,900
  • 2008: 1466 buildings, average cost: $311,400
  • 2009: 662 buildings, average cost: $340,100

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $4,761 (2.2%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $4,173 (2.1%)

Cook County household income distribution in 2009 Cook County home values distribution Cook County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.7%
(8.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.0% for Black residents, 22.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 22.2% for American Indian residents, 12.5% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 23.6% for other race residents, 19.2% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.7%
Cook County:

17.7%
Illinois:

14.7%
(8.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.0% for Black residents, 22.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 24.1% for American Indian residents, 12.5% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 23.6% for other race residents, 19.2% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 35 years old
(Males: 34 years old, Females: 37 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 35 years old, American Indian residents: 31 years old, Asian residents: 36 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 28 years old)

Area name: Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Cook County is $802 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $901 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1102 a month.

Cities in this county include: Chicago, Cicero, Arlington Heights, Schaumburg, Evanston, Palatine, Skokie, Des Plaines, Mount Prospect, Oak Lawn.

Cook County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

2005 air pollution in Cook County:

Carbon Monoxide: 3 ppm (standard limit: 9 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Lead: 0.04 µg/m3 (standard limit: 1.5 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Nitrogen Dioxide: 0.03 ppm (standard limit: 0.053 ppm). Significanly above U.S. average.
Ozone (1-hour): 0.113 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Above U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.086 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 36 µg/m3. Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM10) 24-hour: 88 µg/m3(standard limit: 150 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 17.5 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) 24-hour: 52 µg/m3(standard limit: 35 µg/m3). Above U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides Annual: 0.005 ppm (standard limit: 0.03 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Sulfur Oxides 24-hour: 0.029 ppm (standard limit: 0.14 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Cook County: Mid-Iron Golf Course (A), Whealan Camp (B), Knollwood Wastewater Treatment Plant (C), Camp Palos (D), Camp Kiwanis (E), Lakewood Country Club (F), Gleneagles Country Club (G), Cog Hill Country Club (H), Lemont Fire Protection District Station 2 (I), Lemont Fire Protection District Station 4 (J), Palos Fire Protection District Station 2 (K), Holy Family Villa (L). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Cook County include: First Church of the Nazarene (A), Saint James at Sag Bridge Catholic Church (B), Welcome Hill Missionary Baptist Church (C), Emmanuel Christian Reformed Church (D), Peace Memorial Church (E), Saint Luke Church (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Mount Vernon Memorial Park (1), Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery (2), Fairmount Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Pollywog Slough (A), Joes Pond (B), Tomahawk Slough (C), Belly Deep Slough (D), Hogwash Slough (E), Rainbarrel Slough (F), Katydid Slough (G), Longjohn Slough (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creeks: Mill Creek (A), Crooked Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Cook County include: Cap Sauers Holdings Nature Preserve (1), Cranberry Slough Nature Preserve (2), Paw Paw Woods Nature Preserve (3), Sagawau Canyon Nature Preserve (4), Plum Creek Forest Preserve (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: DuPage County , Kane County , Lake County, Indiana , Lake County , McHenry County , Will County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

7.5%
Illinois:

7.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 359,786
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 77.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 28.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,064,703 (40% naturalized citizens)

Cook County:

19.8%
Whole state:

12.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 265,025
  • 1990 to 1994: 208,240
  • 1985 to 1989: 148,151
  • 1980 to 1984: 109,394
  • 1975 to 1979: 101,480
  • 1970 to 1974: 78,698
  • 1970 to 1974: 47,793
  • 1965 to 1969: 105,922

Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 87.6%

Cook County marital status for males Cook County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Cook County with a mortgage: 573,465 (55,477 second mortgage, 75,882 home equity loan, 2,227 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 243,067

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

69.8% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Cook County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Catholic1,947,223376
Evangelical Protestant432,9751,484
Other312,636403
Mainline Protestant202,114630
Black Protestant148,895395
Orthodox53,27666
None2,097,556-
Cook County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1,460
Cook County:

2.77 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 23
Here:

0.04 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 490
This county:

0.93 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 806
Cook County:

1.53 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 3,516
This county:

6.67 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Cook County:

8.4%
Illinois:

8.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Cook County:

23.5%
State:

25.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.3%
State:

14.5%

Agriculture in Cook County:

Average size of farms: 113 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $100,867
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $1401.79
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 73.17%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.41%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $85,176
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 62.80%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.90%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $63,348
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 81.52%
Average age of principal farm operators: 59 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 0.31
Corn for grain: 4413 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 185 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 7463 harvested acres
Vegetables: 766 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 116 acres

Tornado activity:

Cook County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Illinois state average. It is 2611767.2 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 41 fatalities and 896 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/21/1967, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 33 people and injured 500 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Cook County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Illinois state average. It is 85% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 234.3 miles away from Cook County center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 208.7 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/2004 at 06:10:52, a magnitude 4.2 (4.0 MB, 4.2 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 64.1 miles away from the county center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 266.3 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 232.6 miles away from Cook County center
On 4/3/1974 at 23:05:02, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG) earthquake occurred 225.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Cook County (17) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 3, Snowstorms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (40%)
  • Poland (11%)
  • India (5%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • Korea (3%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (2%)
  • Other Eastern Europe (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Cook County (%):

  • Polish (9%)
  • German (8%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Italian (6%)
  • English (2%)
  • United States or American (2%)
  • Russian (1%)

Cook County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,490,277 (63%)
  • Carpooled: 290,936 (12%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 182,632 (8%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 2,281 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 135,587 (6%)
  • Railroad: 77,033 (3%)
  • Ferryboat: 250 (0%)
  • Taxi: 11,284 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 643 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 9,221 (0%)
  • Walked: 94,454 (4%)
  • Other means: 15,746 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 60,817 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Cook County, Illinois in 2000:

  • 31,861 people in nursing homes
  • 22,643 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 10,565 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 7,997 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 5,513 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 3,605 people in religious group quarters
  • 1,942 people in other group homes
  • 1,801 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 1,045 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 1,020 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 966 people in schools, hospitals, or wards for the mentally retarded
  • 917 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 876 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 876 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 522 people in state prisons
  • 473 people in federal prisons and detention centers
  • 426 people in hospitals or wards for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 320 people in homes for the physically handicapped
  • 280 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 271 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 143 people in halfway houses
  • 139 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 96 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 90 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 41 people in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed children
  • 28 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 17 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 13 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 4 people in institutions for the blind

People in group quarters in Cook County, Illinois in 2010:

  • 31,842 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 27,674 people in college/university student housing
  • 9,538 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 5,363 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 4,608 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 3,285 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 2,837 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 1,323 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 795 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 750 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 654 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 609 people in federal detention centers
  • 343 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 277 people in hospitals with patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 179 people in state prisons
  • 139 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 31 people in in-patient hospice facilities
  • 19 people in residential schools for people with disabilities
  • 16 people in military barracks and dormitories (nondisciplinary)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $59,727.

3.54% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($46,108 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.54%
Illinois average:

4.45%


0.04% of residents moved from foreign countries ($558 average AGI)
Cook County:

0.04%
Illinois average:

0.03%

1.34% relocated from other counties in Illinois ($16,403 average AGI)
2.16% relocated from other states ($29,147 average AGI)
Cook County:

2.16%
Illinois average:

1.87%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from DuPage County, IL  0.42% ($46,315 average AGI)
from Will County, IL  0.23% ($40,173)
from Lake County, IL  0.23% ($56,212)
from Kane County, IL  0.13% ($39,540)
from Lake County, IN  0.10% ($31,014)
from McHenry County, IL  0.07% ($41,148)
from Los Angeles County, CA  0.05% ($52,482)


3.93% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($54,782 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.93%
Illinois average:

4.96%


0.07% of residents moved to foreign countries ($1,216 average AGI)
Cook County:

0.07%
Illinois average:

0.07%

1.42% relocated to other counties in Illinois ($18,606 average AGI)
2.45% relocated to other states ($34,960 average AGI)
Cook County:

2.45%
Illinois average:

2.36%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to DuPage County, IL  0.47% ($56,473 average AGI)
to Will County, IL  0.26% ($47,918)
to Lake County, IL  0.23% ($70,503)
to Lake County, IN  0.15% ($34,076)
to Kane County, IL  0.14% ($45,522)
to Los Angeles County, CA  0.09% ($52,207)
to McHenry County, IL  0.07% ($49,491)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 17.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 15.3
Births per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 14.2

Births per 1000 population in Cook County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 7.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Cook County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2007 to 2012: 7.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Cook County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 666,722 (577,235 aged, 89,487 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 1.05
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 15143.18
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 321.350
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 41269.99

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1484.350
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 814.430
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 10.28

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 64.59
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 89.45

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8.3
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1
Fitness & recreation sports centers per 100,000 population in 2005: 9453.625

EPA green book nonattainment status in 2004-2006: 1

Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 133.8. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of homicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 99.3
  • Cut/Pierce - 11.0
  • Suffocation - 5.3
  • Fire/Burn - 1.1
  • Struck by/against - 0.9
  • Other - 16.2

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 72.2. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 25.8
  • Suffocation - 22.6
  • Poisoning - 12.5
  • Fall - 3.6
  • Cut/Pierce - 1.9
  • Drowning - 1.3
  • Other - 4.6

Household type by relationship:

Households: 5,104,393

Size of family households: 439,371 2-persons, 280,972 3-persons, 241,762 4-persons, 133,672 5-persons, 61,212 6-persons, 54,431 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 609,582 1-person, 119,229 2-persons, 17,828 3-persons, 5,628 4-persons, 1,622 5-persons, 585 6-persons, 462 7-or-more-persons.

823,204 married couples with children.
357,485 single-parent households (59,084 men, 298,401 women).

69.2% of residents of Cook County speak English at home.
17.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (46% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 20% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
8.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (56% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
3.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (52% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak other language at home (67% speak English very well, 22% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $32,974,429,000 ($6189 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,506,095,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $9,935,576,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $7,747,334,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $393,883,000
Federal grants: $8,346,084,000
Federal procurement contracts: $3,516,075,000 ($1,253,127,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,035,477,000 ($125,218,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $669,839,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,922,277,000
Federal Government insurance: $2,163,875,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 438,660
Here:

83 per 1000 residents
State:

75 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 233,819
Here:

44 per 1000 residents
State:

43 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +222,123
Here:

+42 per 1000 residents
State:

+26 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -500,099
Here -94 per 1000 residents
State -31 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Cook County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1043.16 millions of gallons per day (1% from ground, 99% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

6.1

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.0
State:

4.1

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 10,019
  • 2000 to 2004: 162,636
  • 1990 to 1999: 139,347
  • 1980 to 1989: 152,597
  • 1970 to 1979: 276,457
  • 1960 to 1969: 280,872
  • 1950 to 1959: 339,590
  • 1940 to 1949: 157,748
  • 1939 or earlier: 651,012
Rooms in houses/apartments in Cook County, Illinois
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 3,837
  • 2 rooms: 18,027
  • 3 rooms: 51,912
  • 4 rooms: 113,654
  • 5 rooms: 270,450
  • 6 rooms: 265,150
  • 7 rooms: 179,781
  • 8 rooms: 124,125
  • 9+ rooms: 115,807
  • 1 room: 62,180
  • 2 rooms: 90,008
  • 3 rooms: 162,733
  • 4 rooms: 216,806
  • 5 rooms: 168,910
  • 6 rooms: 88,633
  • 7 rooms: 24,836
  • 8 rooms: 9,406
  • 9+ rooms: 7,926
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Cook County, Illinois
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 9,237
  • 1 bedroom: 65,650
  • 2 bedrooms: 304,921
  • 3 bedrooms: 506,810
  • 4 bedrooms: 197,362
  • 5+ bedrooms: 58,763
  • no bedroom: 85,991
  • 1 bedroom: 281,257
  • 2 bedrooms: 304,329
  • 3 bedrooms: 134,250
  • 4 bedrooms: 20,022
  • 5+ bedrooms: 5,589
Cars and other vehicles available in Cook County, Illinois in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 94,402
  • 1 vehicle: 412,618
  • 2 vehicles: 460,946
  • 3 vehicles: 130,221
  • 4 vehicles: 33,599
  • 5+ vehicles: 10,957
  • no vehicle: 283,389
  • 1 vehicle: 384,879
  • 2 vehicles: 136,397
  • 3 vehicles: 19,751
  • 4 vehicles: 3,469
  • 5+ vehicles: 3,553

60% of Cook County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 81% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 34% lived in Illinois.

Cook County:

59.8%
State average:

58.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $121,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Cook County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (91.7%)
  • Electricity (6.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (0.9%)
  • Utility gas (77.3%)
  • Electricity (16.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.3%)
  • No fuel used (1.7%)
  • Other fuel (1.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 100,612
Here:

15.7%
Illinois:

13.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 44,468
Here:

14.7%
Illinois:

11.1%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 95,068
Here:

34.9%
Illinois:

25.8%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Cook County government finances - Expenditure in 2006:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $94,158,000
    General Public Buildings: $18,745,000
    Hospitals: $4,495,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,814,000
  • Current Operations - Hospitals: $911,021,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $483,902,000
    Correctional Institutions: $177,961,000
    Corrections - Other: $170,072,000
    General - Other: $133,792,000
    Parks and Recreation: $118,267,000
    Police Protection: $84,564,000
    Financial Administration: $66,421,000
    Health - Other: $40,874,000
    Central Staff Services: $40,288,000
    General Public Buildings: $35,094,000
    Regular Highways: $24,843,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $7,628,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $3,658,000
    Housing and Community Development: $523,000
  • Employee Retirement - Corporate Stocks: $3,122,825,000
    Corporate Bonds: $650,788,000
    Benefit Payments: $359,428,000
    Total Cash and Deposits: $328,132,000
    Other Investments - Other: $304,218,000
    Withdrawals: $23,772,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $149,275,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Housing and Community Development: $9,943,000
    General - Other: $1,842,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General Public Building: $29,993,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $29,450,000
    General - Other: $26,244,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $1,454,120,000

Cook County government finances - Revenue in 2006:

  • Charges - Hospital Public: $332,589,000
    All Other: $196,757,000
    Parks and Recreation: $47,408,000
    Regular Highways: $85,000
  • Employee Retirement - Earnings on Investments (calculated): $343,005,000
    From Parent Local Government: $218,074,000
    Local Employee Contribution: $176,846,000
    From Other Governments: $6,791,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $41,044,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Highways: $1,051,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $72,913,000
    Interest Earnings: $49,430,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $7,381,000
    Sale of Property: $2,219,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $286,551,000
    Highways: $112,255,000
    All Other: $89,000,000
    General Local Government Support: $76,432,000
    Health and Hospitals: $7,000
  • Tax - Property: $810,031,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $357,849,000
    Tobacco Products Sales: $157,224,000
    Motor Fuels Sales: $103,593,000
    Other Selective Sales: $41,289,000
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $25,818,000
    NEC: $23,245,000
    Amusements Sales: $16,043,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $977,000
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $290,000

Cook County government finances - Debt in 2006:

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,228,320,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $3,199,185,000
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $57,225,000
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $46,635,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $29,135,000
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $10,590,000

Cook County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006:

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $468,551,000
  • Employee Retirement - Total Other Securities: $1,456,851,000
    Total Federal Securities: $1,130,202,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $720,589,000
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $220,420,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Cook County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Cook County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1323 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED12,642$195,80922,094$253,741103,871$249,3513,235$109,2521,006$862,9647,778$222,745200$209,230
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1,051$184,7942,377$281,38610,847$250,225650$59,34657$602,316852$219,35933$86,606
APPLICATIONS DENIED3,914$188,1295,806$231,07936,666$241,8004,116$57,139202$941,1733,887$200,422163$33,344
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN1,744$182,2412,329$257,22916,248$232,951704$111,04159$2,802,1021,424$205,4618$118,625
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS887$187,932964$247,6727,418$232,857394$90,21618$994,889495$197,0895$77,800
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 1133 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
D) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED3,852$241,9912,003$261,36457$269,2980$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED1,749$234,5011,387$252,198111$198,4230$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED848$226,302858$251,29419$284,3681$230,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN430$245,312436$254,41715$214,6671$230,000
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS223$221,942127$236,36238$204,9210$0

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most common first names in Cook County, IL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John45,21074.0 years
Mary37,93079.3 years
Joseph28,06474.9 years
William27,46873.4 years
James24,08570.3 years
Robert20,46869.0 years
Frank20,15675.5 years
Helen18,93379.6 years
Edward18,92473.1 years
Anna18,84982.6 years
Most common last names in Cook County, IL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson12,68373.5 years
Smith10,71572.6 years
Williams9,16870.6 years
Brown7,17671.9 years
Jones7,10771.0 years
Anderson5,73376.0 years
Miller5,57074.8 years
Davis5,23371.2 years
Jackson4,56970.5 years
Thomas4,07271.2 years
Businesses in Cook County, IL
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven185Jimmy John's68
ALDI56JoS. A. Bank12
ALDO16Johnny Rockets4
AMF Bowling4Jones New York56
AT&T51Journeys8
Abercrombie & Fitch6Just Tires11
Abercrombie Kids5Justice15
Ace Hardware59KFC61
Advance Auto Parts44Kincaid8
Aeropostale8Kmart15
Aerosoles2Knights Inn1
American Eagle Outfitters9Kohl's17
Ann Taylor19Kroger12
Apple Store6LA Fitness29
Applebee's13La Quinta6
Arby's21La-Z-Boy10
Ascend Collection1Lane Bryant15
Ashley Furniture4Lane Furniture29
Audi4LensCrafters22
AutoZone74Levi Strauss & Co.4
Avenue14Little Caesars Pizza46
BMW3Long John Silver's12
Bakers9Lowe's9
Bakers Square13Macy's9
Bally Total Fitness21Marriott32
Banana Republic9Marshalls28
Barnes & Noble10MasterBrand Cabinets160
Baskin-Robbins167Mazda7
Bath & Body Works21McDonald's230
Baymont Inn1Meijer3
Bebe7Men's Wearhouse27
Bed Bath & Beyond15Menards15
Ben & Jerry's6Motel 67
Best Western11Motherhood Maternity22
Blockbuster43New Balance41
Brooks Brothers4New York & Co10
Brookstone4Nike341
Brunswick Bowling & Billiards6Nissan13
Budget Car Rental12Nordstrom8
Buffalo Wild Wings10Office Depot20
Burger King93OfficeMax21
Buybuy BABY1Old Country Buffet13
CVS113Old Navy16
Cache6Olive Garden8
CarMax5On The Border1
Caribou Coffee28Outback6
Carson Pirie Scott17Outback Steakhouse6
Casual Male XL11Pac Sun7
Catherines9Panda Express44
Charlotte Russe9Panera Bread40
Chevrolet15Papa John's Pizza12
Chick-Fil-A1Payless81
Chico's8Penske32
Chipotle42PetSmart17
Chuck E. Cheese's9Pier 1 Imports14
Church's Chicken20Pizza Hut35
Cinnabon 8Plato's Closet5
Circle K22Popeyes66
Clarion1Pottery Barn3
Clarks3Pottery Barn Kids2
Cold Stone Creamery10Qdoba Mexican Grill13
Coldwater Creek3Quality3
ColorTyme1Quiznos32
Comfort Inn9RadioShack73
Comfort Suites6Red Lobster6
Costco7Red Robin4
Cracker Barrel1Red Roof Inn4
Crate & Barrel6Rodeway Inn1
Cricket Wireless248Ruby Tuesday6
Curves33Ryder Rental & Truck Leasing5
DHL49SAS Shoes11
Dairy Queen28SONIC Drive-In4
Days Inn2Safeway45
Deb5Saks Fifth Avenue2
Decora Cabinetry18Sam's Club11
Dennys15Sears48
Discount Tire7Sephora9
Domino's Pizza36Sheraton4
DressBarn12Shoe Carnival9
Dressbarn13Skechers USA5
Dunkin Donuts318Sleep Inn3
Econo Lodge1Soma Intimates3
Eddie Bauer5Spencer Gifts7
El Pollo Loco1Sprint Nextel62
Ethan Allen4Staples26
Express14Starbucks236
Extended Stay America11Steak 'n Shake10
Extended Stay Deluxe1Subaru6
Famous Footwear19Subway201
Fashion Bug7Super 89
FedEx603T-Mobile88
Finish Line11T.G.I. Driday's11
Firestone Complete Auto Care32T.J.Maxx14
Foot Locker33Taco Bell57
Ford5Talbots5
Forever 2113Target34
Fredericks Of Hollywood2The Athlete's Foot17
GNC61The Cheesecake Factory4
GameStop85The Limited7
Gap18The Room Place13
Goodwill3Torrid5
Gymboree7Toyota13
H&M5Toys"R"Us27
H&R Block185Trader Joe's12
Haagen-Dazs3True Value40
Haworth3U-Haul130
Hilton38U.S. Cellular31
Hobby Lobby6UPS735
Holiday Inn39Urban Outfitters7
Hollister Co.6Value City Furniture8
Home Depot31Vans21
Homestead Studio Suites2Verizon Wireless36
Honda11Victoria's Secret17
Hot Topic6Volkswagen10
Houlihan's4Vons45
Howard Johnson1Walgreens136
Hyatt6Walmart20
Hyundai12Wendy's66
IHOP22Westin4
IKEA1Wet Seal9
InTown Suites1White Castle43
J. Jill4Whole Foods Market12
J.Crew6Wingate2
JCPenney7World Gym6
Jamba Juice18YMCA27
Jewel-Osco90Z Gallerie2

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