Cook County is located in northeast Illinois. The County Seat is Chicago and the largest city is Chicago. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.cookcountyil.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 5,246,456 and the 2010 census population was 5,195,060. The land area is 945.33 square miles and there are 5495.1 persons per square mile.
65.9% of the population is White, 24.6% is Black or African American, 24.7% is Hispanic or Latino, 6.9% is Asian, 0.8% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.8% is two or more races. 84.5% have a high school degree or higher, and 34.7% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $231,200, there are 1,933,335 households, an average of 2.65 persons per household. The per capita income is $30,183, the median household income is $54,548, and 16.9% of the persons in Cook County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 510,931. Retail sales (in $1000) were $60,585,557, and sales per capita were $11,571. The percentage of black-owned firms is 16.4%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 32.3%.
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