Illinois State Profile


Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, is the 24th largest state in the U.S. with a land area of 56,400 square miles. It is bordered by Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin. According to the 2010 Census, Illinois has a population of 12,830,632 people, making it the fifth largest by population with an increase of 3.3% since 2000. Of that number, 14.5% of the population identifies themselves as Black or African American, followed by 15.8% as Hispanic or Latino, 4.6% as Asian/Pacific Islanders and 0.3% as Native Americans. Illinois had an increase of more than 650,000 minorities since 2000, with the greatest increase among Asians at 38.6 percent. Hispanic or Latino origin residents increased by nearly 500,000. Cook County remains the 2nd largest county in the nation, and Chicago remains the 3rd largest city, population 2,695,598.

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