Population Demographics

  • 51.3% of the state's population is married. The other 48.7% are single.
  • Illinois has the 5th largest state population. It has a population of 12,830,632 people.
  • Men make up 49.0% of the population and women make up 51.0%.
  • The races making up the largest parts of the population are: White [71.5%], Hispanic [15.8%] and Black or African American [14.5%].
  • The state's population is 86.4% native born and 13.6% foreign born.
  • 86.2% of the population graduated high school or have a GED. 28.2% have college degrees.

» More about the Illinois Population including race, age and gender data.


  • The Illinois poverty rate of 11.1% is lower than the national average.
  • In Illinois, the median worker income is $31,179. This is higher than the national average of $29,701.
  • Illinois workers work 39/hrs per week on average.
  • The break down for commute times in Illinois is: 51.9% under 25 mins, 27.0% 25-45 mins, and 21.1% above 45 minutes.
  • The Illinois unemployment rate was 8.6%, as of the last census. This is higher than the national average of 7.9%.

» More about the Illinois economy including unemployment and income trends.


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New York, NY

Population: 8,175,133

Avg. Income: $33,260

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Population: 3,792,621

Avg. Income: $25,922

Chicago, IL

Population: 2,695,598

Avg. Income: $29,913

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Population: 2,099,451

Avg. Income: $25,358

Philadelphia, PA

Population: 1,526,006

Avg. Income: $27,856