Chicago: Introduction
Chicago: Geography and Climate
Chicago: History
Chicago: Population Profile
Chicago: Municipal Government
Chicago: Economy
Chicago: Education and Research
Chicago: Health Care
Chicago: Recreation
Chicago: Convention Facilities
Chicago: Transportation
Chicago: Communications


The City in Brief

Founded: 1830 (incorporated 1837)

Head Official: Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) (since 1989)

City Population

1980: 3,005,000

1990: 2,783,726

2000: 2,896,016

2003 estimate: 2,869,121

Percent change, 1990–2000: 4%

U.S. rank in 1980: 2nd

U.S. rank in 1990: 3rd (State rank: 1st)

U.S. rank in 2000: 3rd (State rank: 1st)

Metropolitan Area Population (PMSA)

1980: 7,937,290

1990: 7,410,858

2000: 9,157,450

Percent change, 1990–2000: 23.6%

U.S. rank in 1980: 3rd

U.S. rank in 1990: 3rd

U.S. rank in 2000: 3rd

Area: 228.4 square miles (2000)

Elevation: 578.5 feet above sea level

Average Annual Temperature: 49.8° F

Average Annual Precipitation: 35.82 inches

Major Economic Sectors: Services, wholesale and retail trade, manufacturing, government

Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (February 2005)

Per Capita Income: $20,175 (1999)

2002 FBI Crime Index Total: Not Reported

Major Colleges and Universities: University of Chicago; University of Illinois at Chicago; DePaul University; Loyola University of Chicago

Daily Newspapers: Chicago Tribune; Chicago Sun-Times