Joliet has the 251st largest population in the United States. The population grew by 5.5% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Joliet is part of the Chicago metro area. Unemployment in the Chicago area is 5%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Chicago has the 3rd largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Joliet is above average at $52,480, and the median cost of a home in Joliet is $272,300, which is above the national average. 38% of workers in Joliet hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 95% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Joliet. 82% of Joliet workers drive to work alone, 4% take public transit, 7% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Joliet spend an average of 22 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.