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Wx Impacts: Chicago, IL

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Chicago, IL Profile


Geographic Location


Geographic location of Chicago, IL

Figure A1: Location of Chicago, IL (Image made using Google Earth)

      Chicago is found in the state of Illinois, a part of the Midwestern region of the United States of America. The metropolitan area is located at the southern tip of Lake Michigan within the naturally occurring Chicago, Calumet, and Des Plaines River Basins. The original settlers of the city settled around the confluence of the Northern and Southern Branches of the Chicago River in an area called "Wolf Point"[A1]. The city of Chicago has channelized parts of the Des Plaines and Chicago Rivers to make the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal. The flow in the Chicago River was actually reversed to empty the Chicago area of water more efficiently [A2].





As the largest city on the Great Lakes, the city of Chicago boasts a population of 2,869,121 people in 2003 [A3]. Including the metro area in the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and Will, the population climbs to 8,096,353 [A3].


Figure A2: Landsat image of the Chicago Metropolitan Area

Population Demographic Breakdown [A3]:

Population density: 12,750.3 per sq. mi

Male: 50.0%

Female: 50.0%

Median Age: 33.6 [A4]


            White ..........................70.7%

            Hispanic or Latino ......13.8%

            Black ...........................10.7%

            Asian ...........................3.8%


Percent of Population over 25 with high school Diploma: 71.8%

Percent of Population over 25 with Bachelors Degree: 25.5%




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(photo: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2c/Chicago_Skyline_Crop_Labeled_2560_ver2.jpg)


When it comes to being a “global economic powerhouse”, Chicago ranks as the 19th largest economy in the world according to the “US Conference of Mayors” in 2006. [A6] The “City Mayors” rank Chicago as the 10th highest city in terms of gross pay. [A7]  The Chicago metro area hosts a suite of companies on Fortune’s 500 list including Boeing, Sears Holding, Motorola, Allstate, McDonald’s, Sara Lee and Office Max [A5].


Numerous sources recognize Chicago as a financially healthy city because of its diverse industry balanced economy. The US Department of Transportation offers an excellent brief summary of the economy of Chicago

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