Illinois Information and Facts
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The population of Illinois in 2002 was 12,586,447. Its rank was 5th in the nation. (The District of Columbia is included for ranking purposes.)
Per Capita Personal Income
In 2002 Illinois had a per capita personal income of $33,053. This per capita personal income ranked 10th in the United States and was 107 percent of the national average, $30,906. The 2002 per capita personal income reflected an increase of 0.8 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.2 percent. In 1992 the per capita personal income of Illinois was $22,550 and ranked 10th in the United States. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of per capita personal income was 3.9 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 4.0 percent.
Total Personal Income
In 2002 Illinois had a total personal income of $416,018,465. This total personal income ranked 5th in the United States. In 1992 the total personal income of Illinois was $263,702,045 and ranked 5th in the United States. The 2002 total personal income reflected an increase of 1.4 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 2.3 percent. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of total personal income was 4.7 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.2 percent.
Components of Personal Income
Total personal income includes net earnings by place of residence; dividends, interest, and rent; and total personal current transfer receipts received by the residents of Illinois. In 2002 net earnings accounted for 68.9 percent of total personal income (compared with 68.8 in 1992); dividends, interest, and rent were 18.4 percent (compared with 18.8 in 1992); and personal current transfer receipts were 12.6 percent (compared with 12.4 in 1992). From 2001 to 2002 net earnings increased 0.4 percent; dividends, interest, and rent increased 0.2 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased 9.0 percent. From 1992 to 2002 net earnings increased on average 4.7 percent each year; dividends, interest, and rent increased on average 4.5 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased on average 4.8 percent.
Earnings of persons employed in Illinois increased from $321,053,298 in 2001 to $322,805,249 in 2002, an increase of 0.5 percent. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.5 percent. The average annual growth rate from the 1992 estimate of $203,494,106 to the 2002 estimate was 4.7 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.3 percent.
Area - Illinois ranks 25th in size among the states of the Union, with an area of 150,007 sq km (57,918 sq mi). That includes 1942 sq km (750 sq mi) of inland water and 4079 sq km (1575 sq mi) of Lake Michigan over which the state has jurisdiction. The greatest north-to-south dimension of the state is 610 km (379 mi), and the greatest east-to-west distance is 343 km (213 mi). The mean elevation is about 180 m (about 600 ft).
Climate - The climate of Illinois is characterized by warm to hot summers and cool to cold winters. In winter polar air masses move south or southeast
across the state from Canada, bringing cold and crisp weather. In summer warm air masses move up from the Gulf of Mexico, and the weather is often hot and
muggy. Lake Michigan tempers the summer heat somewhat for Chicago and other cities along its shores and also delays the date of the first fall frosts nearby.
Average July temperatures increase from about 24°C (about 75° F) in northeastern Illinois to more than 26° C (79° F) in the south, which is the hottest
part of the state. During the summer, daytime highs average about 30° C (about 86° F) at Chicago and about 32° C (about 90° F) at East Saint Louis, where
a temperature of 47° C (117° F) has been recorded. Summer nights are usually warm throughout the state, ranging from about 19° C (about 66° F) in the north
to about 21° C (about 69° F) in the south. January averages range from less than -4° C (24° F) in the northwest to more than 1° C (34° F) in the south.
Chicago has an average January temperature of -5° C (23° F). In the north freezing temperatures occur 140 to 145 days a year. Precipitation (rainfall and
snowfall) generally increases from north to south. Average precipitation for the state as a whole is about 940 mm (about 37 in) a year. The south is the
wettest part of the state, with about 1220 mm (about 48 in) of precipitation a year in places. The driest sections are in the north, where a few places
average about 810 mm (about 32 in). Most precipitation falls in the form of rain, especially thundershowers, in late spring and summer, when it is most
needed for crops. Damaging hailstorms sometimes occur in summer, and violent windstorms occasionally sweep across the state during the early spring months.
Tornadoes may occur in any time of the year. Snowfall is often heavy in the north but is usually light in the south.
Alfred Wallenstein conductor, Chicago
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