Chicago, IL (population: 2,878,948) has two civil engineering schools within its city limits. University of Illinois at Chicago, the highest ranked school in the city with a civil engineering program, has a total student population of 26,840. It is the 161st highest ranked school in the USA and the 5th highest in the state of Illinois (#1 is Northwestern University). To learn more about civil engineering programs in Chicago, ratemyprofessors.com has reviews of civil engineering professors at University of Illinois at Chicago such as Elodie Adida, Rashid Ansari, Robert Becker, John Bell, Jezekiel Ben-Arie, and Michael Brown.
Civil Engineering students from Chicago schools who go on to become civil engineers, civil engineering technicians, civil engineering designers, etc. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 259,320 people working as civil engineers alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $81,180. Also, Civil engineering technicians make on average $47,420 per year and there are about 82,690 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area alone, there are 980 employed civil engineering technicians earning an average salary of $54,830. Civil engineers in this area earn $79,250/yr and there are 4,740 employed.
Chicago lies in Cook county, which is one of the 49 counties in Illinois. Overall, the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet Metropolitan area has 3,669,800 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 1% unemployment rate, $24/hr average worker wage, and a $48,910 average annual salary. Thus, about 1 out of every 1000 jobs in Chicago are held by civil engineers, and 0/1000 are held by civil engineering technicians.
Of the 2 civil engineering schools in Chicago, only 1 has a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Illinois Institute of Technology comes out as the most expensive ($20,200/yr) for civil engineering students, with University of Illinois at Chicago as the lowest, reported at only $8,828/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Chicago|
|Oak Park||IL||49,270||1||1.32863||0||6.6 miles|
|River Forest||IL||-||2||45.0836||173||8.0 miles|
|River Grove||IL||-||1||11.7006||67||10.0 miles|
|Blue Island||IL||-||2||31.6013||8||12.6 miles|
|Palos Heights||IL||-||1||26.9291||61||13.3 miles|
|Villa Park||IL||-||2||31.4324||7||16.3 miles|
|Oak Forest||IL||-||1||38.4537||3||16.7 miles|
|South Holland||IL||-||1||10.1002||61||17.0 miles|
|Des Plaines||IL||57,512||1||11.0092||69||17.3 miles|
|Calumet City||IL||-||1||19.3758||27||17.4 miles|
|Downers Grove||IL||49,475||1||0.403237||10||17.7 miles|
|Orland Park||IL||55,957||1||26.0399||11||18.2 miles|
|Tinley Park||IL||60,149||0||-||0||19.7 miles|
|Glen Ellyn||IL||-||1||13.8242||100||20.1 miles|
|Mount Prospect||IL||52,994||2||36.9644||21||20.8 miles|
|Glendale Heights||IL||-||1||27.7281||3||21.3 miles|
|Arlington Heights||IL||73,268||1||24.4091||3||23.2 miles|
|Chicago Heights||IL||-||1||9.7858||55||23.2 miles|
|Carol Stream||IL||40,639||0||-||0||23.8 miles|