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Some Quick Facts & Demographics About Chicago

POPULATION:

Census estimates:

Chicago (1998).............................................. 2,802,079
Cook County (1999).......................................... 5,192,326
9 County Metropolitan Area (1999)........................... 8,008,507
Illinois (1999)............................................ 12,128,370

1990 Census:............Non-Hispanic ......Hispanic .............Total
Chicago...................2,237,874.........545,852..........2,783,726   White.....................1,056,048.........207,476..........1,263,524
African American..........1,074,471..........13,240..........1,087,711
Asian........................98,777...........5,341............104,118
Native American...............4,977...........2,067..............7,064
Other Race....................3,581.........317,728............321,309

VITAL STATISTICS:

Births (Chicago residence-- provisional) (1999)................ 50,304
Deaths (Chicago residence-- provisional) (1999)......... not available
Marriage (Cook County) (1998).................................. 35,057
Divorces filed (Cook County) (1999)............................ 18,502

GEOGRAPHY: 1999

Location........................ Latitude, 41°50'N, Longitude, 87°37'W
Area (square miles)........................................... 228.443
Length (miles)................................................. 26.049
Breadth (miles)................................................ 21.563
Lake front (miles of shore line)................................... 29
City block (average size)...................... 330' x 660' or 5 acres
Altitude (feet above sea level)................................. 578.5

WEATHER: 1999
Average temperature (degrees Fahrenheit)......................... 51.2
Warmest day (July 30, 1999)....................................... 101
Coldest day (January 5, 1999)..................................... -16
Snowfall (inches)................................................ 53.2
Precipitation (inches).......................................... 38.25

GOVERNMENT

Form.................................................... Mayor/Council
Council (non-partisan).................................... 50 Aldermen
Term of office................................................ 4 years
Registered voters (March 22, 2000).......................... 1,384,438
Precincts (March 22, 2000)...................................... 2,542
City of Chicago incorporated............................ March 4, 1837
Population...................................................... 4,170

BUDGET: 2000

Total revenue........................................... 4,332,925,711
Total expenditures...................................... 4,332,925,711

POLICE DEPARTMENT: 1999
Districts.......................................................... 25
Area headquarters................................................... 5
Total employed................................................. 16,601
Police officers................................................ 13,441
Mounted police (average)........................................... 25
Crossing guards................................................. 1,103
Civilians....................................................... 1,682
Horses (average)................................................... 29
Calls for service (dispatched).............................. 1,841,703

FIRE DEPARTMENT: 1999

Districts........................................................... 7
Battalions......................................................... 24
Stations and buildings............................................ 111
Fire boat........................................................... 1
Helicopters......................................................... 2
Fire responses................................................ 112,634
Ambulance assisted fire responses............................. 225,459
Emergency medical service responses........................... 254,858
Uniformed force (total)......................................... 4,817
Firefighters.................................................... 4,205
Paramedics........................................................ 612
Civilian employees................................................ 182

PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT: 1999

Primary care clinics................................................ 8
Mental health clinics.............................................. 16
Immunizations................................................. 763,037
Patients served............................................... 214,892
Food establishment inspections................................. 42,617

PUBLIC LIBRARY: 1999
Locations (including central and regional)......................... 79
Total materials in system.................................. 14,328,111
Registered borrowers........................................ 1,866,269
Circulation................................................. 7,818,979

PUBLIC SCHOOLS: 1999/2000

Elementary........................................................ 491
Secondary.......................................................... 92
Charter............................................................ 14
Enrollment (total)............................................ 431,750

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS: 1999/2000
Elementary........................................................ 141
Secondary.......................................................... 27
Enrollment (total)............................................. 67,313

OTHER STATE-RECOGNIZED NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS: 1998/1999
Elementary......................................................... 22
Secondary.......................................................... 17
Kindergarten through Grade 12....................................... 9

CITY COLLEGES OF CHICAGO: FALL 1999
Community colleges.................................................. 7
Enrollment..................................................... 80,117

HOUSING:
Total occupied housing units–Chicago (1995)................ 1,013,600

Chicago Housing Authority (1999)
Total dwelling units (includes Section 8 units)............... 50,296
Occupants (includes Section 8 participants).................. 129,155

BUILDING STATISTICS: 1999
Permits issued................................................ 25,744
New dwelling units authorized by building permit............... 5,633
Value of new dwelling units.......................... $611,862,294.80

Tallest buildings:
Sears Tower................................... 110 stories 1,450 feet
Aon Center..................................... 80 stories 1,136 feet
John Hancock Center........................... 100 stories 1,127 feet
AT&T Corporate Center.......................... 60 stories 1,007 feet
Two Prudential Plaza............................. 64 stories 994 feet

TRANSPORTATION: 1999
Motor vehicles:
Total licenses and transactions........................... 1,361,745
Passenger cars (includes taxis)........................... 1,202,460

Trucks, B Plates............................................. 59,410
Trucks, RV and buses......................................... 21,247
Trailers and semis........................................... 26,006
Cycles....................................................... 15,407

International Registration Plan...............................37,065
Miscellaneous transactions...................................... 150

Chicago Transit Authority:
CTA total passengers ....................................441,940,935
CTA buses..................................................... 1,875
Vehicle miles............................................ 62,312,991
Route miles (round trip)...................................... 1,937
Passengers.............................................. 299,058,490
CTA rapid transit cars........................................ 1,190
Vehicle miles............................................ 55,821,169
Route miles (round trip)...................................... 273.5
Passengers.............................................. 141,682,673
CTA paratransit passengers................................ 1,199,772

Airports: 1999
Airports.......................................................... 3
Aircraft operations (total)............................... 1,235,089
O’Hare...................................................... 896,228

Midway...................................................... 297,136
Meigs........................................................ 41,725
Passengers (total)....................................... 86,328,058
O’Hare................................................... 72,609,191
Midway................................................... 13,585,262
Meigs....................................................... 133,605
Cargo tonnage (total, in metric tons)................... 1,709,419.9
O’Hare.................................................. 1,687,916.8
Midway..................................................... 21,503.1

TRAFFIC FACILITIES: 1999

City owned bridges:
Movable........................................................... 46
Operations.................................................... 25,330
Fixed (over waterways)............................................ 39
Viaducts......................................................... 119
Pedestrian overpasses............................................. 12
Pedestrian underpasses............................................ 19
Expressways (miles)............................................. 63.7
Streets (linear miles)......................................... 3,775
One-way streets (approximate miles)............................ 1,292
Street lights (residential and arterial)..................... 173,761
Alleys (miles) (1995)....................................... 1,899.87
Alley lights.................................................. 68,009
Traffic control:
Signalized intersections....................................... 2,800
Channelized intersections (total).............................. 1,889
Physically channelized......................................... 1,290
Paint channelized................................................ 599
Railroad crossings (approximate)............................... 2,400
Tows:
Immediate.................................................... 130,259
Abandoned vehicles............................................ 29,858
Relocated vehicles............................................ 40,487

PARKING: 1999
Parking facilities (total)........................................ 65
City of Chicago................................................... 33
Chicago Park District............................................. 32
Capacity (total).............................................. 21,830
City of Chicago................................................ 1,537
Chicago Park District......................................... 20,293
Parking meters (total)........................................ 30,202
City of Chicago............................................... 28,831
In facilities.................................................... 566
On street..................................................... 28,265
Chicago Park District............................................ 805
Parking enforcement aides........................................ 120

PARKS: 1999

Total area used for park purposes (acres).................... 7,021.50
Parks (acres)................................................ 7,316.04
Other park properties (acres).................................... 1.02
Other properties used for park purposes (acres)................ 458.99
Other properties maintained by Park District (acres)............ 31.91
Parks............................................................. 547
Park facilities:
Baseball/softball diamonds........................................ 791
Basketball backboards............................................. 975
Bathing beaches.................................................... 32
Fieldhouses....................................................... 258
Playgrounds....................................................... 506
Athletic fields (football/soccer)................................. 210
Golf courses........................................................ 6
Driving ranges...................................................... 2
Gymnasiums........................................................ 180
Harbors :
Sail and power...................................................... 5
Power only.......................................................... 3
Harbor facilities (slips, docks, moorings, etc.)................ 4,927
Swimming lagoons.................................................... 2
Swimming pools:
Outdoor............................................................ 56
Indoor............................................................. 34
Tennis courts:
Outdoor........................................................... 675
Indoor.............................................................. 6
Zoos................................................................ 2

WATER: 1999
Daily average pumpage (gallons)......................... 1,005,735,000
Annual pumpage (gallons).............................. 367,093,275,000
Total current connections (metered and assessed).............. 488,629
Fire hydrants.................................................. 47,431
Water mains (miles)............................................. 4,296
Water supply tunnels under lake and land (miles)................. 63.4

 

DEPARTMENT OF STREETS AND SANITATION: 1999
Residential solid waste collected (tons, approx.)......... 1.1 million
Structures served (1-4 units) (approximate)................... 750,000

Refuse collection vehicles........................................ 362

RECYCLING: 1999
Total (tons)............................................... 280,225.57
Glass........................................................ 3,852.60
Paper....................................................... 56,263.02
Aluminum..................................................... 2,458.19
Ferrous/misc. metal......................................... 26,505.27
Yard waste................................................. 159,794.46
Plastic........................................................ 952.76
Batteries....................................................... 84.22
Blue bags...................................................... 221.02
Other....................................................... 30,094.03
Material diverted from landfills (tons).................... 288,096.36

SEWERS: 1999
Sewer mains (approximate miles)................................. 4,300
Catch basins (approximate).................................... 230,000
Manholes (approximate)........................................ 148,000

 

CONVENTIONS AND TOURISM: 1999 (est.)
Conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings................... 35,768
Attendance.................................................. 5,029,407
Expenditures........................................... $5,844,436,562
Total visitors............................................. 30,375,602
Economic impact (1999)............................... $9,039.9 billion
McCormick Place: 1999
Exhibit space (square feet)............................... 2.2 million
Attendance.................................................. 3,235,865

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