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Political Map: Defined
Political Maps are designed to show governmental boundaries of countries, states, and counties. This type of map is generally vivid in color to help identify boundaries more easily. When viewing a Physical Map, the locations of major cities as well as many minor cities are found. Also included on Physical Maps are significant bodies of water such as lakes, reservoirs and rivers.

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Illinois

page last updated on August 8, 2011


   Introduction    Illinois


Named for the Illinois Indians, this state is known as the "Land of Lincoln," because it's where the 16th president was raised. Illinois became the 21st state in 1818, and its capital is Springfield. At the northern edge of the state on Lake Michigan is Chicago, the nation's third largest city. The state flower is the native violet.

   Miscellaneous    Illinois


State Flower: Violet

State Motto: State sovereignty, national union

State Nickname: Prairie State

State Bird: Cardinal

   Geography    Illinois


Land area, 2000 (square miles): 55,584

Length: 390 miles

Width: 210 miles

10 largest cities, 2010:
  1. Chicago: 2,695,598
  2. Aurora: 197,899
  3. Rockford: 152,871
  4. Joliet: 147,433
  5. Naperville: 141,853
  6. Springfield: 116,250
  7. Peoria: 115,007
  8. Elgin: 108,188
  9. Waukegan (Lake County): 89,078
  10. Cicero: 83,891
  11. Champaign: 81,055

Geographic Center: village of Chestnut, located between Lincoln and Decatur about 28 miles northeast of Springfield

Geographic Center County: Logan

Highest Point: 1,235 ft. — Charles Mound

Lowest Point: 279 ft. — Mississippi River

Number of counties: 102

State parks: 187 public use areas

Persons per square mile, 2010: 230.8

   People    Illinois

Population, 2010: 12,830,632
Population, percent change, 2000 to 2010: 3.30%
Population, 2000: 12,419,658
Persons under 5 years old, percent, 2009: 6.90%
Persons under 18 years old, percent, 2009: 24.60%
Persons 65 years old and over, percent, 2009: 12.40%
Female persons, percent, 2009: 50.70%

White persons, percent, 2010 (a): 71.50%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a): 14.50%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a): 0.30%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a): 4.60%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a): 0.00%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010: 2.30%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b): 15.80%
White persons not Hispanic, persons, 2010: 63.70%

Living in same house 1 year ago, pct 1 yr old & over, 2005-2009: 85.50%
Foreign born persons, percent, 2005-2009: 13.40%
Language other than English spoken at home, pct age 5+, 2005-2009: 21.30%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 85.70%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 2005-2009: 29.80%
Veterans, 2005-2009: 811,879
Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16+, 2005-2009: 28.1

Housing units, 2009: 5,292,016
Homeownership rate, 2005-2009: 69.30%
Housing units in multi-unit structures, percent, 2005-2009: 33.20%
Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2005-2009: $200,400

Households, 2005-2009: 4,749,388
Persons per household, 2005-2009: 2.62
Per capita money income in past 12 months (2009 dollars) 2005-2009: $28,469
Median household income, 2009: $53,974
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2009: 13.30%


(a) Includes persons reporting only one race.
(b) Hispanics may be of any race, so also are included in applicable race categories.

D: Suppressed to avoid disclosure of confidential information
F: Fewer than 100 firms
FN: Footnote on this item for this area in place of data
NA: Not available
S: Suppressed; does not meet publication standards
X: Not applicable
Z: Value greater than zero but less than half unit of measure shown



GDP Data — Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Population and Economic Data — US Census Bureau
Government Data — Congress.Org




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