Cities & States

Population: 2,706,101
Population: 198,726
Population: 152,138
Population: 147,459
Population: 143,223
Population: 116,495
Population: 115,466
Population: 109,825
Population: 88,560
Population: 83,930

Cook County
Population: 5,212,372
DuPage County
Population: 922,803
Lake County
Population: 702,099
Will County
Population: 679,688
Kane County
Population: 518,380
McHenry County
Population: 308,060
Winnebago County
Population: 293,384
St. Clair County
Population: 268,939
Madison County
Population: 268,373
Champaign County
Population: 202,428


Illinois Employment Profile

Located in the Midwest region of the United States, Illinois is the fifth most populous state in the nation. The state is divided into 12 metropolitan statistical areas (MSA). With a population of over 9 million residents, the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville metro area is the largest in Illinois.

The Land of Lincoln relies heavily on government-related industry for its economic viability. Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by health care and social assistance; retail trade; manufacturing; and professional and technical services, respectively.

The State of Illinois is the state’s largest employer, followed by Sears Holding Corporation, the U.S. Government, Wal-Mart, AB Acquisitions (which owns and operates grocery stores, including Albertsons and Jewel-Osco), the Chicago School Board, Walgreen Company, the City of Chicago, the University of Illinois, and the U.S. Postal Service. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)

Total Population (2000, 2010, 2013*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2013* U.S. Census data
3.34% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2013’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in Illinois

Directory of Counties in Illinois

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