Illinois

Capital: Springfield
Illinois Flag

Facts & Statistics

STATE STATISTICS 
Population 2015
12,862,051
Population 2016 12,835,726
Population 2017 12,802,023
Below Poverty 2014 14.4
Below Poverty 2015 13.6
Below Poverty 2016 13.0
Below Poverty 2017 12.6
Employment - Population Ratio 2015 60.9
Employment - Population Ratio 2016 61.4
Employment - Population Ratio 2017 61.3
Unemployed 2015 5.9
Unemployed 2016 5.8
Unemployed 2017 5.0
Unemployed 2018 (Oct.) 4.2
Foreclosure Rate 2018 (Oct.) 1 of 1,098
STATE FACTS
The four stars on the Chicago flag represent Fort Dearborn, the Great Chicago Fire, the World's Columbian Exposition, and the Century of Progress Exposition.
The world's first Skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885.
Before Abraham Lincoln was elected president he served in the Illinois legislature and practiced law in Springfield. Lincoln is buried just outside Springfield at the Lincoln Tomb State Historic Site.