the entire country into one small geographic area, and what' do you get? Illinois.
As a nationwide
crossroads of U.S. air, rail, auto and truck traffic through
the state of Illinois remains the perfect "average"
from its median cost of living index to its ethnic
and religious demographic.
Of course, for many job and salary seekers Chicago remains the "bright lights, big city" destination with its accompanying higher cost of living. Outside the city and surrounding suburban Chicagoland, however, expect to find Illinois magically transformed into small town agricultural America.
This is especially true heading toward the southern and most rural part of the state where the state capital, Springfield, was voted in 2010 one of Illinois' most affordable cities. According to the same report by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, other Illinois communities that ranked on a par with Springfield were Danville and the East St. Louis area.
Major cities: Springfield (capital), Chicago, Rockford,
Aurora, Naperville, Joliet, Peoria
Population : 12,831,970
White : 79.4%
Black, African American : 15.1%
Hispanic : 14.3%
High school graduates : 81.4%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 26.1%
Average household income: $47,711
of Living: Illinois cost of living index is 100.00,
or on par with the national average.
Personal Income Taxes: Illinois residents must file their personal income tax using the Illinois Individual Resident Income Tax Form (IL-1040) by April 15. Illinois imposes a flat 5 percent of a taxpayer's federal adjusted gross income.
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow
- Illinois Real Estate Home ownership rate : 67.3%
Average home price: $232,119
Average travel time to work : 28 minutes
: General weather conditions are fairly divided between
the southern & northern part of the state, with northern
winters colder and summers somewhat cooler. Due to its Midwest
location, Illinois warm weather tornadoes are by far the
most destructive weather hazard statewide.
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