Manhattan has the 2999th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 4.9% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Manhattan 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 Manhattan is above average at $52,480, and the median cost of a home in Manhattan is $202,200, which is above the national average. 34% of workers in Manhattan hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 97% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Manhattan. 82% of Manhattan workers drive to work alone, 4% take public transit, 7% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Manhattan spend an average of 36 minutes commuting to work, which is longer than the national average of 26 minutes.