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State of Illinois

Illinois, abbreviated "IL", is in the East North Central region of the U.S. Its capital is Springfield. There were 12,873,761 people in Illinois as per 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics, BLS.gov. The state ratified the US Constitution and officially became part of the country on December 3, 1818.

Please explore the cities and towns of Illinois, below.

Top Illinois College Towns

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, 2014 (nces.ed.gov/ipeds).

1 Chicago 84 251,154
2 Skokie 8 4,131
3 Rockford 8 11,641
4 Springfield 8 13,640
5 Quincy 7 3,647
6 Peoria 6 7,295
7 Elgin 6 12,401
8 Downers Grove 5 3,100
9 Schaumburg 5 14,051
10 Lombard 4 1,133
11 Decatur 4 5,630
12 Crystal Lake 4 7,095
13 Joliet 4 19,665
14 Evanston 4 22,118
15 Wheeling 3 210
16 Jacksonville 3 1,554
17 Canton 3 1,799
18 Danville 3 3,566
19 Lisle 3 7,767
20 East Peoria 3 11,008

Largest Illinois Cities and Towns

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Abingdon 3,105
Addieville 311
Addison 37,270
Adeline 83
Albany 1,039
Albers 1,134
Albion 2,154
Aledo 3,590
Alexis 967
Algonquin 30,278
Alhambra 633
Allendale 717
Allenville 170
Allerton 231
Alma 371
Alorton 1,867
Alpha 558
Alsey 233
Alsip 19,396
Altamont 2,399

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Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.


Total Population 12,873,761
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 13.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,983,836
Age of the Population 37.3


% of people married 47.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 32.3%
Median Earnings25+ $38,490
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,477
Median Earnings With High School Degree $28,850


Median Family Income $71,546
% Above Poverty Level 85.7%
% Below Poverty Level 14.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 9.1%


People Living Alone 28.9%
Median Gross Rent $907
Median House Value $173,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 37.9%
US/American 0.1%
English 5.8%
Irish 11.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Notable Places

Lincoln Home (Historic Site)
Lincoln Home National Historic Site
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1905
217-492-4241 ext 221

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