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January 31, 2008

Illinois Snapshot

Illinois in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

About 66 percent of Illinois’ voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, slightly above the national rate of 64 percent. As one of the 24 states holding “Super Tuesday” presidential primaries and caucuses, Illinois’ 2007 population of 12.9 million includes a higher median household income and median home value than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

These and other statistics about Illinois’ population on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Illinois U.S.
Median age 35.7 36.4
Women 50.8% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 65.3% 66.4%
Black alone 15.0% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 14.7% 14.8%
Median household income $52,006 $48,451
Foreign born 13.8% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 12.3% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 28.9% 27.0%
Median home value $200,200 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).