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  • some general data of the state

  • General useful information
    Note: some data are of constant value, while other are due to changes, fluctuations etc.
    State and population
    capital: Springfield // state code ISO: IL ; FIPS: US17
    surface: 143998 = 55595 sq.mi // rank in USA: 24 // location: East North Central
    climate: temperate; typically cold, snowy winters, hot summers
    entered USA as 21st state on: 1818-12-03
    administrative division: 102 counties
    total population according to the census of 2000: 12,419,293
    population density 2000: 86 per = 223 per sq.mi // net growth 1999-2000: 8,6%
    main ethnic groups: white 74%; black 15%; Asian 3,4%; other 12%
    Economy and infrastructure
    chief crops: corn, soybeans, wheat, sorghum, hay
    livestock (million): cattle: 1,5 / pigs: 4,2 / poultry: 4 / sheep: 0,075
    timber/lumber: oak, hickory, maple, cottonwood
    chief industries: services, manufacturing, travel, wholesale and retail trade, finance, insurance
    chief industrial products: machinery, electric & electronic equipement, metals, chemicals
    chief mining products: crushed stone, portland cement, sand & gravel, lime
    Some physical landmarks
    highest point in the state: Charles Mound 376 m = 1235 ft
    other mountains: more lower hills of little importance
    lowest point in the state: ca 95 m near Cairo
    lakes: Cedar Lake
    artificial lakes: Carlyle Lake, Rend Lake, Lake Shelbyville
    rivers: Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio
    others: islands: none // deserts: none
    Additional remarks, especially on the statistical information
    other important features:
    nick name(s): Prairie State, Land of Lincoln
    motto: State sovereignty-national union
    song: Illinois
    flower: Native violet // bird: Cardinal // tree: white oak
    primary sources:
    World almanac and book of facts; National Geographic Atlas of the World; maps: WN world @tlas

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    File created on 2003.02.25 by Jan Lahmeyer
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