Cook County, located in Northern Illinois, is part of the Chicago Metro area and the second most populous county in the nation behind Los Angeles. The County seat is Chicago.
As the largest county in Illinois, Cook County has a total area of 1,635 square miles, of which 946 square miles is land and 689 square miles is water, mostly of Lake Michigan.
Cook county was the 54th county established in Illinois in 1831 and was named after Daniel Cook, who served as the second U.S. Representative from Illinois and first Attorney General of Illinois.
Adjacent counties to Cook County in Illinois include:
- Lake County, Illinois (north)
- Will County (south)
- DuPage County (west)
- Kane County (west)
- McHenry County (northwest)
Cook County has over 130 incorporated municipalities, the largest being Chicago, which makes up approximately 54% of the entire population of the county. The portion of Cook County, which lies outside of the Chicago city limits is divided into 30 townships, listed in order of population size:
- Thornton Township
- Wheeling Township
- Worth Township
- Proviso Township
- Maine Township
- Schaumburg Township
- Palatine Township
- Lyons Township
- Bremen Township
- Niles Township
- Hanover Township
- Orland Township
- Elk Grove Township
- Leyden Township
- Bloom Township
- Northfield Township
- Cicero Township
- Rich Township
- Evanston Township
- New Trier Township
- Palos Township
- Berwyn Township
- Oak Park Township
- Stickney Township –
- Norwood Park Township
- Lemont Township
- Calumet Township
- Barrington Township
- Riverside Township
- River Forest Township
Cook County IL Climate
On average, there are 189 sunny days per year in Cook County with July highs around 84 degrees and January lows around 16 degrees. Cook County gets 35 inches of rain per year. The US average is 37. Snowfall is 29 inches. The average US city gets 25 inches of snow per year. Number of days with any measurable precipitation is 120.Our comfort index, based on humidity during the hot months, is a 47 out of 100, where higher is more comfortable. The US average on the comfort index is 44.
Cook County IL People
Cook County is very densely populated with a population larger than that of 29 individual U.S. states and the combined populations of the seven smallest states.
As of 2012, Cook County’s population is 5,194,675 people and 5,495 people per square mile (population density). The median age is 35.3. 39.34% of people are married and 9.04% are divorced. The average household size is 2.6 people. 29.85% of people in cook County are married with children and 15.55% have children and single.
Cook County IL Real Estate and Housing
Cook County offers a wide variety of new and resale properties to choose from. Homes range from one and two-story homes, single family, duplex, condominiums, luxury real estate and properties with views.
Visit Trulia (heat map by zip code and current market overview) for Cook County Illinois real estate. The median age of Cook County IL real estate is 52 years. Renters make up 37.72% of the County population and 9.82% of houses and apartments are unoccupied (vacancy rate).
Cook County IL Economy
The unemployment rate in Cook County, IL, is 10.30%, with job growth of -0.38%. Future job growth over the next ten years is predicted to be 28.94%. Cook County sales tax rate is 9.50%. Income tax is 5.00%. The income per capita is $27,634, which includes all adults and children. The median household income in Cook County is $53,127.
- Second largest county in the United States and home to 147 diverse municipalities.
- Regional hub for major sources of transportation – air, cargo, rail and truck.
- The County is an active partner and investor in building a 21st Century Broadband Structure – the Chicago Southland Fiber Network (CSFN)
- Cook County Works is developing a workforce for today’ jobs.
- Offers an endless array of sports, cultural, and recreational venues.
- Home to some of the major universities and medical centers in the country.
- Has a vibrant tourist industry.
- Cook County leads the 7-county region in the growth of management, professional and related occupations
Population by Occupation:
- Management, Business, and Financial Operations 15.12%
- Professional and Related Occupations 21.45%
- Service 13.37%
- Sales and Office 28.40%
- Farming, Fishing, and Forestry 0.08%
- Construction, Extraction, and Maintenance 7.07%
- Production, Transportation, and Material Moving 14.52%
Cook County IL Education and Schools
Cook County IL Colleges/Universities include:
- Concordia University Chicago
- Dominican University (Illinois)
- Harper College
- Hebrew Theological College
- Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg
- International Academy of Design & Technology – Schaumburg
- Moraine Valley Community College
- Morton College
- Northern Illinois University
- Northwestern College (Illinois)
- Oakton Community College
- Prairie State College
- Seabury-Western Theological Seminary
- Solex College
- South Suburban College
- Trinity Christian College
- Triton College
- Triton Troupers Circus
Largest Cook County IL Hospitals/Medical Centers
- Rush University Medical Center (Chicago)
- Advocate Christ Medical Center (Oak Lawn)
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago)
- University of Chicago Medical Center (Chicago)
- Advocate Lutheran General Hospital (Park Ridge)
- Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood)
- John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (Chicago)
- Northwest Community Hospital (Arlington Heights)
- Alexian Brothers Medical Center (Elk Grove Village)
- St. James Hospital and Health Centers (Chicago Heights)
Cook County IL Public Libraries
- Arlington Heights Memorial Library
- Barrington Area Library
- Deering Library
- Des Plaines Public Library
- Eisenhower Public Library District
- Evanston Public Library
- Indian Trails Public Library District
- Morton Grove Public Library
- Mount Prospect Public Library
- Northbrook Public Library
- Northwestern University Library
- Orland Park Public Library
- Park Ridge Public Library
- Poplar Creek Public Library District
- River Forest Public Library
- Schaumburg Township District Library
- University of Chicago Library
- Wilmette Public Library
Cook County IL Attractions
- List of Cook County Historic Districts
- List of Cook County Sports Venues
- Anime Central
- Brookfield Zoo
- Chicago Botanic Garden
- Chicago Toy Soldier Show
- Cutting Hall
- Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
- Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago
- Leaning Tower of Niles
- Oak Park Conservatory
- Schaumburg Hotel & Convention Center
- Theatre & Interpretation Center
- Wilder Park Conservatory
- Willowbrook Ballroom
Cook County Museums:
- Berwyn Route 66 Museum
- Cernan Earth and Space Center
- Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame
- George Clayson House
- Hawthorne Works
- Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
- Kohl Children’s Museum
- McDonald’s USA First Store Museum
- Pleasant Home
- Raupp Museum
- Unity Temple
- Wonder Works
- Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Cook County IL Transportation
The average one-way commute in Cook County takes 37 minutes. 63% of commuters drive their own car alone, 10% carpool with others, 18% take mass transit and 4% work from home.
Major Expressways, U.S. and State Routes in Cook County include:
- Interstate(s) 90, 94, 190, 290, 294 and 355
- U.S. Highway(s) 6, 12, 14, 20, 30, 34, 41 and 45
- State Route(s) 1, 7, 19, 21, 25, 38, 43,50, 53, 56, 58, 59, 62, 64, 68, 72, 83, 171 and 394
The nearest major airport is Chicago Midway International Airport This airport has international and domestic flights from Chicago, Illinois and is 4 miles from the center of Cook County.
Another major airport is Chicago O’Hare International Airport , which has international and domestic flights from Chicago, Illinois, 21 miles from Cook County.
Cook County IL Community Resource Links
- Official Cook County Website
- Cook County Facebook Page
- Cook County Department of Public Health
- Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
- Cook County Jobs
- Cook County Tax Information
- State of Illinois
- Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles
- Illinois State Tax Information
Cook County Illinois Real Estate Specialists
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We also offer expertise in the home buying process, focusing on the Chicagoland area and surrounding Suburbs. Give us a call today for a list of Cook County IL homes for sale that are currently available in your area of interest.
As an investor, we have several services available in the preparation for the sale of REO’S and Short Sale properties. This includes a variety of professional sub-contractors who can do whatever is needed to prepare the property for sale. Once the property is ready, we can also help you with your specific marketing needs.
Whether you are looking to buy, sell or invest, we offer comprehensive real estate services in the following counties, but not limited to:
- Cook County IL Real Estate
- DuPage County IL Real Estate
- Kane County IL Real Estate
- McHenry County IL Real Estate
- Will County IL Real Estate
Please give us a call at 773.671.4663, or fill out the online contact form, and let us know how we can best serve your Cook County Illinois real estate needs!
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Real Estate Pro Chicago Re\max, City
Cell Phone: 773.671.4663