Illinois is a state in the Midwestern United States. It is one of the most populous state and 25th largest state according to land area, and is often noted as a microcosm of the entire country. With Chicago in the northeast part, small industrial cities and great agricultural productivity in central and northern Illinois, and natural resources like coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a various economic base and is quite a major transportation place. The Port of Chicago connects the Illinois to other ports from the Great Lakes, through the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean as well as the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River through the Illinois River. For a longtime, O’Hare International Airport has been given the status as one of the World’s Busiest Airports. Illinois has had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and politics.
POPULATION OF ILLINOIS IN 2016:
Going to the discussion about Population, in the year 2011 the population was 12.86 Million, 2012 – 12.87 Million, 2013 – 12.89 Million, 2014 – 12.88 Million. Taking a look at the information of population of Illinois in the most recent four years from 2011-2014, the Population of Illinois have expanded by 0.02 Million. Thus, the present year populace ought to be around 12.885 Million and the anticipated population of Illinois of the year 2016 ought to be 12.89 Million.
Illinois’s most populous ethnic group, non-Hispanic white, has gone down in number from 83.5% in 1970 to 63.3% in 2011. As of 2011, 49.4% of Illinois’s younger population than age one were minorities (children born to white Hispanics are counted as minority group).
According to the projections from the U.S. Census, there were 1,768,518 foreign-born inhabitants of the state or 13.8% of the population, with 48.4% from Latin America, 24.6% from Asia, 22.8% from Europe, 2.9% from Africa, 1.2% from Northern America and 0.2% from Oceania. Of the foreign-born population, 43.7% were naturalized U.S. citizens and 56.3% were not USA Citizens.
In the year 2007, 6.9% of Illinois’ population was reported as under age of 5, 24.9% under age 18 and 12.1% were age 65. Females made up around 50.7% of the population.
DEMOGRAPHY OF ILLINOIS:
The US Census projects that the population of Illinois was 12,880,580 on July 1, 2014, a 0.39% increase since the year 2010. Illinois is the most populated state in the Midwest region. Chicago is the third most populated city in the US.
According to the 2010 Census:
71.5% White American (63.7% non-Hispanic white, 7.8% White Hispanic)
14.5% Black or African American.
0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native.
4.6% Asian American.
2.3% Multiracial American.
6.8% some other race.
POPULATION DENSITY AND GROWTH OF ILLINOIS:
Population Density is 232 per square mile.
New U.S. Census information shows Illinois had around 10,000 lesser residents in 2014 than in the previous year – the largest numerical decline of any state in the nation and the first statewide population decrease since the 1980s. The U.S. Census Bureau said that Illinois had the sixth-lowest population growth in the country in the year 2013. The state’s population growth was just around 0.11 percent, adding only 14,000 people to it’s population of around 13 Million people.
All of Illinois’ neighbors grew at a faster rate. Wisconsin grew around 3 times faster than Illinois. Indiana around five times faster. Illinois’s three-year population growth numbers are just disappointing.
From the year 2010 to 2013, Illinois added only 42,000 people. In comparison, Indiana, half the size of Illinois, added around 80,000.
FACTS ABOUT ILLINOIS:
- Ottawa, Freeport, Jonesboro, Charleston, Galesburg, Quincy and Alton hosted the Lincoln-Douglas debates that caused interest all over the US in the slavery issue.
- It is Home to the Chicago Bears Football Team, Chicago Blackhawks hockey team, Chicago Bulls basketball team, Chicago Cubs and Chicago Whitesox Baseball teams, Chicago Fire soccer team.
- The first Mormon Temple in Illinois was built in Nauvoo.