For the sixth year in a row, Chicago has led the nation in corporate expansions and relocations. Over the past 10 years, steady growth has added nearly 100,000 jobs in the CBD alone.
With the surge in jobs, population in the urban core has jumped 50% since 2000, double the national growth rate. Half of those people are under 35. Plus, the Chicago workforce has the most college grads per capita of the five largest U.S. cities.
Chicago is America’s last livable big city. Household income averages $126,578 in the urban core, while the cost of living is low. Downtown housing averages just 21% of income. And Chicago has a lower cost of doing business than New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston.
Today 42% of the U.S. population lives within 750 miles of Chicago. The city is a vital link in any supply chain — and the largest U.S. industrial market.
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Chicago has become a hub of higher education. Spencer Levy sits down with Collete English Dixon of Roosevelt University to talk education and talent in Chicago.
More than 6 million highly skilled workers across the U.S. and Canada comprise the tech talent that is leading global innovation. Shrinking availability of tech talent in leading markets has spurred a spillover of hiring momentum in smaller and upstart markets in the U.S. and Canada as expanding tech employers seek additional labor pools.