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As of 2010-2014, the total population of Illinois is 12,868,747, which is 3.62% more than it was in 2000. The population growth rate is much lower than the national average rate of 11.61%. The Illinois population density is 222.21 people per square mile, which is much higher than the national average density of 82.73 people per square mile. The most prevalent race in Illinois is white, which represent 72.51% of the total population. The average Illinois education level is about the same as the national average.

Topics:Population GrowthPopulation DensityPopulation by RacesPopulation by First AncestryPopulation by GenderPopulation by AgeEducationSchool EnrollmentHousehold and FamilyMarital StatusPlace of Birth and CitizenshipLanguage

Population in 2010-2014: 12,868,747. #5

Population Growth Since 2000, #44


Population Density, #13

222.21 per square mile
82.73 per square mile

Population by Races

White:9,331,376 (72.51%, #35)
Black:1,849,054 (14.37%, #15)
Hispanic:2,095,495 (16.28%, #10)
Asian:627,402 (4.88%, #11)
Native (American Indian, Alaska Native, Hawaiian Native, etc.):31,775 (0.25%, #43)
One Race, Other:751,248 (5.84%, see rank)
Two or More Races:277,892 (2.16%, see rank)

Hispanic Population
Mexican:1,664,565 (79.44%, see rank)
Puerto Rican:197,627 (9.43%, see rank)
Cuban:25,063 (1.20%, see rank)
Central American:74,358 (3.55%, see rank)
South American:82,411 (3.93%, see rank)

Asian Population
Indian:205,225 (32.71%, see rank)
Chinese:117,600 (18.74%, see rank)
Filipino:120,073 (19.14%, see rank)
Japanese:17,672 (2.82%, see rank)
Korean:63,511 (10.12%, see rank)
Vietnamese:25,497 (4.06%, see rank)
Asian, Other:77,824 (12.40%, see rank)

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical race data.

Population by First Ancestry

11,360,039 (88.28%) out of the total population of 12,868,747 reported first ancestry.

 Illinois% of the Total PopulationU.S.
Arab91,7810.71%, see rank0.56%
Czech117,7610.92%, see rank0.47%
Danish49,2260.38%, see rank0.42%
Dutch175,9441.37%, see rank1.40%
English759,8265.90%, see rank8.02%
French274,0882.13%, see rank3.34%
German2,453,75019.07%, see rank15.03%
Greek97,6130.76%, see rank0.41%
Hungarian51,2560.40%, see rank0.46%
Irish1,544,14312.00%, see rank10.80%
Italian789,7366.14%, see rank5.52%
Norwegian160,4811.25%, see rank1.42%
Polish928,4977.22%, see rank3.01%
Portuguese10,4230.08%, see rank0.44%
Russian124,8290.97%, see rank0.92%
Scotch-Irish75,8490.59%, see rank0.99%
Scottish149,7031.16%, see rank1.72%
Subsaharan African82,5280.64%, see rank0.95%
Swedish274,4682.13%, see rank1.27%
Swiss34,8390.27%, see rank0.30%
Ukrainian51,4890.40%, see rank0.31%
American643,3285.00%, see rank7.12%
Welsh47,7770.37%, see rank0.57%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical first ancestry data.

Population by Gender

Male: 6,313,324 (49.06%, see rank)
Females: 6,555,423 (50.94%, see rank)

Male: 49.06%
Female: 50.94%
Male: 49.19%
Female: 50.81%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical gender data.

Population by Age

Median Age (see rank)
37.00 years old
37.40 years old

Median Age, Male (see rank)
35.70 years old
36.10 years old

Median Age, Female (see rank)
38.40 years old
38.80 years old

 Illinois% of the Total PopulationU.S.
Under 5 years810,6716.30%, see rank6.36%
5 to 9 years846,8326.58%, see rank6.51%
10 to 14 years863,7606.71%, see rank6.59%
15 to 19 years892,7546.94%, see rank6.85%
20 to 24 years894,1756.95%, see rank7.13%
25 to 34 years1,781,31913.84%, see rank13.47%
35 to 44 years1,699,14013.20%, see rank12.96%
45 to 54 years1,823,33214.17%, see rank14.09%
55 to 64 years1,560,48112.13%, see rank12.29%
65 to 74 years924,0837.18%, see rank7.64%
75 to 84 527,2544.10%, see rank4.25%
85 years and over244,9461.90%, see rank1.85%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical age data.

Education for the 25 Years and Over

Total 25 Years and Over Population8,560,555100%209,056,129
Less Than High School1,062,14412.41%, see rank13.67%
High School Graduate2,312,01827.01%, see rank27.95%
Some College or Associate Degree2,456,45928.70%, see rank29.09%
Bachelor Degree1,688,42019.72%, see rank18.27%
Master, Doctorate, or Professional Degree1,041,51412.17%, see rank11.01%
USA.com Education Index#13.72, see rank-13.54
# Higher USA.com Education Index means more educated population.

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical education level data.

School Enrollment

 Illinois U.S.
Total PublicPrivatePublicPrivate
Nursery School, Preschool, Kindergarten405,03171.39%28.61%71.30%28.70%
Elementary School (Grades 1-8)1,365,96888.78%, see rank11.22%, see rank89.86%10.14%
High School (Grades 9-12)722,12690.75%, see rank9.25%, see rank90.60%9.40%
College772,01373.17%, see rank26.83%, see rank78.37%21.63%
Graduate School202,55848.20%, see rank51.80%, see rank58.86%41.14%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical school enrollment data.

Household and Family

Total Households4,778,633100%116,211,092
Average Household Size2.63, see rank-2.63
1 Person Households1,370,50228.68%, see rank27.57%
2 or More Person Households3,408,13171.32%, see rank72.43%
Family Households (Families)3,131,12565.52%, see rank66.22%
Average Family Size3.36, see rank-3.32
Married-Couple Family2,304,14848.22%, see rank48.42%
Nonfamily Households1,647,50834.48%, see rank33.78%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical household and family data.

Marital Status of 15 Years and Over

15 Years and Over Total10,347,484see rank252,974,135
Males, 15 Years and Over5,027,649100%, see rank123,281,364
Never Married1,885,73237.51%, see rank35.77%
Married2,582,21551.36%, see rank52.04%
Widowed125,9442.51%, see rank2.57%
Divorced433,7588.63%, see rank9.62%
Females, 15 Years and Over5,319,835100%, see rank129,692,771
Never Married1,676,96231.52%, see rank29.48%
Married2,565,98148.23%, see rank49.19%
Widowed492,3169.25%, see rank9.16%
Divorced584,57610.99%, see rank12.16%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical marital status data.

Place of Birth and Citizenship

Native11,081,82186.11%, see rank86.93%
Born in the State of Residence8,626,81567.04%, see rank58.73%
Born in Different State2,319,67118.03%, see rank26.78%
Born in Puerto Rico, U.S. Island Areas,
or Born Abroad to American Parent(s)
135,3351.05%, see rank1.42%
Foreign Born1,786,92613.89%, see rank13.07%
Foreign Born with U.S. Citizenship838,6866.52%, see rank5.99%
Foreign Born without U.S. Citizenship948,2407.37%, see rank7.09%
Born In Europe378,1982.94%, see rank1.53%
Born In Asia501,8233.90%, see rank3.82%
Born In Africa53,3850.41%, see rank0.55%
Born In Oceania3,5550.03%, see rank0.07%
Born In Latin America832,0066.47%, see rank6.83%
Born In Northern America17,9590.14%, see rank0.26%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical place of birth and citizenship data.

Language Spoken at Home

English3,746,23678.40%, see rank79.39%
Spanish528,99111.07%, see rank11.75%
Other Indo-European Languages315,5566.60%, see rank4.52%
Asian and Pacific Islander Languages141,0132.95%, see rank3.36%
Other46,8370.98%, see rank0.99%

*Based on 2010-2014 data. View historical language spoken at home data.

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