The Chicago metropolitan area, known as Chicagoland, includes counties from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Also called the Windy City, Chicago is famous for the Sears Tower and its scenic views of Lake Michigan. Chicago is also home to one of the world's busiest airports, Chicago-O'Hare International Airport. The Chicagoland area has a population of 9.3 million, and includes Chicago (2.9 million), Gary, Indiana (100,000), and Kenosha, Wisconsin (93,000).
In 2004, residents of the Chicago metropolitan area were doing well with an average personal income of $37,169, 12% over the national average according to the US Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis. Average income has grown 6.7% over the last 35 years, slightly less than the national average.
Chicago has the second largest central business district in the United States, and the area's largest employers include corporate and entertainment superstars:
- Abbott Laboratories, located in Kenosha, Wisconsin
- Comcast, All State, and Boeing
- The Oprah Winfrey Show
- The Chicago White Sox, winners of the 2005 World Series
Though Gary, Indiana, which was founded by the U.S. Steel Corporation, has seen a decline in employment as the steel industry has weakened, other major industrial sectors in the Chicago-Gary-Kenosha area are going strong, including:
- Information technology
- Printing and publishing
- Food production
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