Founded in 1831, Cook County, Illinois has become the second most populous county in the country, with a population well over five million, second to Los Angeles County, California. Encompassing a total area of 1,635 square miles, Cook County covers 945 square miles of land and 690 square miles of water, mostly Lake Michigan. The county seat of Cook County is Chicago, which makes up fifty-four percent of the county’s population. More than forty percent of all Illinois residents live in Cook County. Cook County is home to twenty-three cities, one town, 112 villages, and thirty townships.
Chicago shines brightly as the country’s most significant passenger and freight transportation hub, with more air departures and rail traffic than anywhere else in the United States. Public transportation is offered by PACE, the premier suburban transit provider, and one of the largest bus services in North American, servicing 3,500 square miles. Pace offers fixed bus routes, vanpools, dial-a-ride service, and programs for Call-n-Ride.
According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Cook County houses 851 elementary schools, 118 middle schools, 156 high schools, 55 charter schools, 94 special schools, and 684 private schools. There are also over 30 community colleges housing 141,854 continued education students in Cook County. Cook County Public Schools spend, on average, $15,230 per student per year, well over the national average. In Cook County Public Schools, there are approximately 17.5 students per teacher.
Cook County receives around 35 inches of rain per year, just two inches below the national average. Cook County registers about 29 inches of snow annually, which is four inches over the national average. During the year, there are about 120 days with measurable precipitation, leaving 189 days each year where the sun shines on Cook County. Average summer high temperatures are around 84 degrees, and winter lows reach a chilly 16 degrees.
Protected areas in Cook County include Chicago Portage National Historic Site in Lyons, located in Chicago Portage Forest Preserve; and Pullman National Monument, said to be the first model, planned industrial community in the United States.
Cook County, Illinois is rich in history, arts, culture, and a plethora of things to do. Area activities include Brookfield Zoo, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Botanic Garden, Brair Street Theater (home to the Blue Man Group), Civic Opera House, and more.
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