50 Years Later: Report on Illinois Poverty

How Does Your County Fare?

As Americans we believe in equal opportunity for all. But that’s far from what we’re seeing in Illinois. This Well-Being Index highlights counties that are experiencing particularly negative conditions and trends on four key indicators: poverty, unemployment, teen births, and high school graduation.*

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County has an indicator score of 4 or 5 and needs to be monitored.*

County has an indicator score of 6, 7 or 8 and needs to initiate corrective action.*

Hear from witnesses to poverty across the state.

We gratefully acknowledge The Chicago Community Trust, Grand Victoria Foundation, and The Libra Foundation for their support of our poverty research, communications, and education efforts.

* The County Well-Being Index for 2014 has been calculated out of a total of 7 points rather than 8 due to the delayed release of new teen birth data and should not be compared to other years.

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Select your counties or regions of interest and then select the categories of data you are interested in downloading. Hit the Download Data button to download an Excel file with the selected data. To download all data for all counties, click here.

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