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3. Chicago

Home to the headquarters of the powerful American Medical Association (AMA), the country’s largest physician organization, Chicago is a healthcare powerhouse. Home to the top-rated University of Chicago Medical Center, a Best Hospital, and host to more than 8 Nobel Prize winners (in Medicine), the Windy City abounds in medical talent. Last year, Time magazine ranked the discovery that male circumcision reduced AIDS transmission 51% as the top medical breakthrough of the year and where was the researcher from? You guessed it – Robert Bailey, Ph.D., M.P.H. is in Chicago.

The University of Illinois at Chicago boasts the largest medical school in the country, with more than 300 med students each year. And the largest health sciences center in the country, too. Will going here make you talented and famous? It’s no guarantee, but you might at least get to hang out with some smart, great people.

Biggest Employers

1. Advocate Health Care
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2. Rush University Medical Center
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3. Northwestern Memorial Hospital
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4. Chicago Shriners Hospital
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5. Evanston Northwestern Healthcare
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Fastest Growing Careers

1. Medical Assistant

2. Dental Hygienist

3. Nuclear Medical Technologist

Earnings and Employment

Healthcare Practitioners
Number Employed: 187,340
Mean Annual Wage: $60,470

Healthcare Support
Number Employed: 83,830
Mean Annual Wage: $25,610


Median Family Income: $49,476
Sales Tax: 7.80%
Job Growth: 0.25%
Median Home Price: $311,136

Number of Colleges, Universities within 30 Miles: 59
Number of Junior Colleges, Technical Institutes within 30 Miles: 12

Move Theaters: 119
Restaurants: 13,301
Bars: 1,783
Libraries: 347
Museums: 16
Avg. Amount Spent on Vacations per Year: $6,087

Neighborhood Demographics
Median Age: 32.6
Completed at Least Some College: 56.2%
Married: 35.4%
Divorced: 8.8%

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