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Profiles of Illinois

Profiles of Illinois is designed to provide just the right data and insight into the makeup of the state of Illinois. It provides the detail and demographic information that researchers or grant writers need and can also act as curriculum support for high school and college research papers. This data provides the critical information that can mean success in projects whether in community or government grants and funding or political science, sociology, history, civics and current events.

About Illinois: Facts & Photos

 This 4-color section provides a real sense of the state, its history and what makes Illinois unique, with a Photo Gallery, Illinois’ History, and a state Historical Timeline.

Government: A State Guide

This section provides a detailed look at the state government’s history, constitution, the structure of the state government, the General Assembly, the Legislators’ qualifications and terms in office, procedures of passing bills, the Executive and Judicial Branches, and a map of Illinois’ 18 US Congressional Districts.

 Demographic Maps

The charts and maps inform the reader about the state’s diverse population: where its citizens live, ethnic make-up of communities, home values, education levels, population size, age and more.


This chapter explores Illinois’ physical features, natural resources, federal land, and Indian reservations, including a satellite view of the state. In addition to providing a visual sense of the state, this data contributes to a better understanding of settlement patterns, economic development, and state resources that are vital for the state’s continued growth.


This is a detailed look at Illinois’ energy needs, uses and available resources—including petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity and renewable energy.


This section starts with a summary of Illinois’ climate, which is followed by three colorful climate maps and profiles of both National and Cooperative Weather Stations. In addition, there are Weather Station Rankings with hundreds of interesting details, such the highest annual snowfall—reported at 39.2 inches at Antioch.

Comparative Statistics for Illinois’ 100 Largest Communities

This section makes it easy to compare statistics by dozens of data points—by density of people per square mile, by land area, population size, ethnic percentages, household size, education level and much more. A treasure trove of data for grant writers, government research and uncovering population trends.

Rankings by Category of Illinois Towns and Cities

Arranged by dozens of interesting categories, this section includes tables that rank 1-150 of the top-ranked and 1-150 of the bottom-ranked communities with population over 2,500.  Employment, household income, population size and many more rankings are included in this wide-ranging chapter.


This section includes an Educational State Profile, summarizing number of schools, students, diplomas granted and educational dollars spent, School District Rankings on 16 topics ranging from Teacher/Student Ratios to High School Drop-Out Rates, data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and additional Statewide Assessment Results.

Statistical Profiles of 1,490 Places & 102 Counties in Illinois, organized by county, gives detailed profiles which bring together all the data points into a single profile for place based on Census 2010 and updated data from the American Community Survey. We have added current government statistics and original research, so that these profiles pull together statistical and descriptive information on every Census-recognized place in each state.

Index of Country and Place NamesThis index makes it easy to find the specific profile for a specific place name.

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