🇺🇸 Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third most populous city in the United States and the most populous city in the Midwestern United States and the fifth most populous city in North America. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the U.S. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often called Chicagoland. It is one of the 40 largest urban areas in the world.
Chicago is rated Alpha by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Alpha level cities are linked to major economic states and regions and into the world economy.
Chicago is the #11 city in the world according to the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI) which evaluates and ranks the competitiveness of the major financial centres of the world according to a wide range of criteria – Human Capital, Business, Finance, Infrastructure and Reputation.
Chicago is the #26 city in the world according to the Global Power City Index (GPCI) which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to their magnetism, or their comprehensive power to attract people, capital, and enterprises from around the world. It does so through measuring six key functions: Economy, Research and Development, Cultural Interaction, Liveability, Environment, and Accessibility.
Chicago is ranked #20 and rated B+ by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. B+ cities are strong international hub cities. Chicago was ranked #88 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Chicago has a population of over 2,746,388 people. Chicago also forms the centre of the wider Chicago metropolitan area which has a population of over 9,729,825 people. Chicago is the #108 hipster city in the world, with a hipster score of 4.3119 according to the Hipster Index which evaluates and ranks the major cities of the world according to the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, and record stores. Chicago is ranked #17 for startups with a score of 19.121.