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Apartment Living in Illinois
What comes to mind when you think of the great state of Illinois? Is it the miles of scenic shorelines? The half a million acres of splendid state parks? The state where the 16th U.S. President, Abraham Lincoln, spent his professional and political life? Or is it the giant city of Chicago?
With a population of nearly 13 million and located in the heart of the country, literally, Illinois is the fifth most populous state in the nation and is home to the most demographically diverse cities in the Midwest. Illinois is the nation's transportation hub of America with several major interstates connecting the north and south and east and west; the Port of Chicago connecting the Great Lakes via the Illinois River to the mighty Mississippi; and one of the largest and busiest airports in the world, Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.
The state's long growing season makes agriculture a chief component to the Illinois economy. Not many people know that Illinois is the number one producer of soybeans and is ranked second in corn production. Manufacturing, coal mining, agriculture and oil production are also key contributors to the state's wealth.
From farming to sophisticated cities, Illinois has varied communities with plenty of apartments for you to choose from. Over 60 percent of the state's population lives in the northeastern region making up the Chicago Metropolitan area, which is the nation's third largest city.
Almost three million Chicagoans call this bustling city home. Chicago, nicknamed the "Windy City", is the state's largest city and is a Great Lakes port. The birthplace of the skyscraper, this city is famous for its skyline, busy port, diverse neighborhoods, architecture, history and professional sports teams. Some of the world's best museums can be found in Chicago, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Science and Industry. Residents of "Chicagoland" speak more than 50 different languages earning it the title of the most diverse city in America.
If you are into professional sports, you'll want to pack up your gear and find an apartment in Chicago. The season is complete with the Chicago Bears football team, Chicago Bulls basketball team, Chicago Fire soccer team, Chicago Blackhawks hockey team and the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox baseball teams. Living in Chicago is not cheap, with safe and stylish apartments starting at $1000.
Rockford is the state's second largest city if you are not counting municipalities that are located in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. Located in Northern Illinois and not far from Chicago, the city claims to be a big city too but without the hassle and high prices, which is a big plus for apartment hunters.
With less than 5 percent of Chicago's population, Springfield is worth mentioning because it is the state capital and one of Illinois' more popular destinations for business, government and the arts. Many come to explore the largest presidential library in the U.S., the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. Springfield apartments are more affordable and can start as low as $400 a month.