Chicago City had now reached an unbelievable 3,376,438 people by the time 1930 rolled around, which represented yet another decade of impressive growth. The city's rate of growth had dipped below twenty-five percent just once since the first count in 1840.
The grand total for people residing in the state of Illinois in 1920 was recorded as 6,485,280. This number easily kept the state in the number three spot for states ranked by population. Nearly thirty-nine thousand individuals counted in the 1920 census report were Canada-born.
The 1910 Illinois census records report showed that the state had toppled the five and half million marker. The population soared to 5,638,591 residents. Of those, nearly sixty percent of the males were married and, likewise, almost seventy percent of the females had claimed a partner.
Though the population of the state continued to grow by leaps and bounds- by twenty-six percent in the ten years preceding this count- the number of residents that could not speak the English language was also staggering. There were 4,821,550 total residents, of whom 105,398- over two percent- could not speak the native language.
At more than three million residents- 3,826,351 to be exact- Illinois census records determine the state to be third on the list of states in the nation, ranked from largest to smallest populations.
The population of the state had risen yet again at an impressive rate. It had sustained a growth of more than twenty-one percent in just ten years to reach a total of 3,077,871 residents. Of those, a large number were not born in the United States, but had rather come here as settlers. In fact, there were 583,576 people reported to have been not born in America. That was a tremendously large number as compared to the rest of the states in the union.
The most impressive thing to note about the census taken in Illinois in 1870 was the drastic change in population in just ten years. The number of residents, which had come in at just over 1.7 million in 1860 nearly doubled by the time of this census. The growth rate was actually 48.36 percent over the ten year period and it pushed the population total to 2,539,891 people.
Give the extraordinarily large population for the time, Illinois did not report a large number of people working in the medical field. Of the 1,711,951 residents counted in the census, just twenty- eight hundred fifty-six were noted to be physicians, six hundred forty-four as druggists, and a mere one hundred sixty-eight as nurses. As a side note, the number of people born on foreign soil had reached 324,643.
The population of the state still hovered under the one million resident mark at this early date in history. There were 851,470 people residing within its borders. Of those, the vast majority, 846,034, were white, while just 5436 were black. There were over twenty-sixth births reported for the year, but just 11,619 deaths.
The population of Illinois, which reached 476,183 in 1840 was comprised of both whites and blacks. Unfortunately, there were three hundred thirty-one reported to have been enslaved in that year. One hundred six of those were under the age of ten, but just fourteen were over fifty-five years old. Of those counted in the census, 105,337 residents were reported to have been employed in agriculture.
Users can access Illinois census information from the Illinois Department of Commerce. The site allows you to browse data by address, county, or municipality. The website also provides information on workforce data, as well as links to Federal information. Contact information is also included for users that need additional information.
Illinois Census information can be retrieved for the Illinois Archives. The Archives have data from 1810-1930 available to the public. Select information is available from each census, with the exception of the 1890 one, which was destroyed in a fire in 1921. There is also a link to request copies of Illinois census information directly from the Archives.
Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield provides information on the 2000 and 1990 censuses, as well as comparison of the two. It details the type of information that was collected during the census and provides links to information in a FAQ format. Simply choose the question that best represents what you are looking for, and then utilize the link to find the Illinois census information that you need.