The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI Metro Area, referred to as Chicagoland, is a 14 county area, anchored by Chicago, otherwise known as the Windy City.
The Chicago metro area is one of the largest and most populated metropolitan areas in the United States. Not only does Chicago have a large overall population, but it also boasts the fourth largest foreign-born population in the country. The foreign-born population is very diverse with immigrants settling from all over the world.
The largest foreign-born population in Chicago hail from Latin America. There are immigrants from all over the South America and the American Islands, but the majority are from Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The Latin American community has had a large cultural effect in Chicago which is evident in the many Latin American neighborhoods, festivals, and businesses that can be found throughout the city.
Chicago is also home to the second largest European population in the United States. The European communities including Irish, German, Italian, and Polish have had a huge impact on Chicago throughout its history. This is evident in the many European cultural enclaves found throughout downtown Chicago such as Polish Downtown, Little Italy, Greektown, and Germantown.
Chicago is also a destination for many refugees escaping oppressive and war-torn countries. Chicago has one of the largest refugee populations in the United States, the majority of which come from Europe and southeast Asia. For more information on refugees in Chicago, Click Here.
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Total Population: 9,509,934
- Foreign Born - 1,694,826
- Language Spoken at Home - 2,585,693
[Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]