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Chicago is the largest city in the US state of Illinois and the administrative center of Cook County. With a population of 2,693,976 people (2019) in the city and more than 9 million in the metropolitan area, Chicago is the second largest city in the US after New York and Los Angeles.
The city is located on the shore of Lake Michigan, about 300 kilometers from Illinois' capital Springfield. Chicago has an area of 606 km².
Chicago has approximately 3 million inhabitants, the agglomeration has approximately 9 million inhabitants. In 2015, 32.3% of the population was white (non-Hispanic white), 30.7% African American, and 28.9% of the population was Hispanic or Latino. They mainly come from Mexico and Cuba. In addition, 6.1% of the population was of Asian descent. 1.7% of the population was of mixed descent.
11% of the population is older than 65 years. 34% of the population is single. 25% of the population lives below the poverty line. 7% of the population is unemployed.
Chicago has a very large business center. In the 1800s, when railroads carried much of the freight, Chicago was the point of departure for nearly all trains bound for the western United States. Even today, Chicago is still in an exceptionally strategic position, both for rail and car traffic. This position has made Chicago the largest industrial center in America, even larger than New York and Los Angeles. There is also a very large airport near the city: O'Hare International Airport. This airport has been one of the busiest airports in the world for decades and has six runways. The largest convention center and event hall in the United States, McCormick Place, is also located in Chicago.