Last Updated: April 17, 2021


Illinois is a state in the midwestern region of the United States. The state nickname is “The land of Lincoln” because Abraham Lincoln lived most of his life there. The two other U.S. presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Barack Obama were living in Illinois and were elected as U.S. presidents. So Illinois created some of the world’s transforming personalities.  

The state was admitted to the union on December 3, 1818, as the 21st state. Illinois is the 25th largest U.S. state by land and area and with a population of 12,671,821, as of 2019, is the 6th most populous state.

Springfield is the capital of the U.S state of Illinois which is located in the central part of the state. Chicago is the most populous city in the state and the third most populous city in the U.S. Chicago is a bustling, metropolitan city, densely populated, industrialised and the transportation hub of the nation. 

Illinois is full of natural beauties like other states. The state’s highest natural elevation is Charles Mound, located in the driftless region. Illinois has a climate that varies widely throughout the year. Besides, the state has a humid continental climate with hot, humid summers and cold winters.

Some of the most popular places in the state of Illinois are Chicago, Starved Rock State Park, Galena and Springfield. Simultaneously, some of its fascinating tourist destinations include Willis Tower Skydeck, Millennium Park and Cloud Gate, Abraham Lincoln presidential library and museum, Navy pier, and Lincoln Park.

Key Facts:

  • The most popular jobs in the state are labourers and freight, stock, and material mover profession, which employs 181, 540 people (3.01 per cent of the total employment in Illinois). 
  • The second most common job is the office clerk, a general profession that employs 161, 770 people (2.68 per cent of the total employment.
  • The GDP of Illinois in 2019 was estimated to be $909 billion. 
  • The states Per Capita Income in 2019 was estimated to be around 27000. 
  • As of Feb 2019, the unemployment rate in Illinois reached 4.2%.
  • Illinois economy is a diversified one including manufacturing, agriculture, finance, mining, transportation, government, technology and services including tourism.