Welcome to Illinois


 

Midwestern state in the N central United States. It is bordered by Lake Michigan and Indiana; Kentucky, across the Ohio R.; Missouri and Iowa, across the Mississippi R.; and Wisconsin.

 

Illinois Population 2018

The population of Illinois in 2018 is estimated at 12.77 million. The 2015 Census estimates put the population at 12,859,995, which was a decrease from the 2014 numbers.

Illinois is one of only 7 states that has a negative growth rate in 2016. At -0.17% per year, it is ahead of only West Virginia. Between 2000 and 2010, the population of Illinois grew by a mere 3.3%, compared to the national average US population growth of 9.7%.

The 2018 population estimates makes Illinois the sixth largest state in the USA based on population.

Area, 56,400 sq mi (146,076 sq km).
Capital, Springfield.
Largest city, Chicago.
Nicknames, Inland Empire; Prairie State.
Motto, State Sovereignty National Union.
State bird, cardinal.
State flower, native violet.
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State tree, white oak.

Rich land, adequate rainfall (32-36 in./81-91 cm annually), and a long growing season make Illinois an important agricultural state. It consistently ranks among the top states in the production of corn and soybeans. Hogs and cattle are also principal sources of farm income. Other major crops include hay, wheat, and sorghum. Beneath the fertile topsoil lies mineral wealth, including fluorspar, bituminous coal, and oil; Illinois ranks high among the states in the production of coal, and its reserves are greater than any other state east of the Rocky Mts.

 

 

*Information from Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition