Wheeling has the 119th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 11.4% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Wheeling 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 low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Wheeling is above average at $52,480, and the median cost of a home in Wheeling is $155,200, which is below the national average. 32% of workers in Wheeling hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 90% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Wheeling. 62% of Wheeling workers drive to work alone, 17% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 10% walk. People in Wheeling spend an average of 16 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.