Chester, IL

Census Place

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2020 Population
8,264
0.947% 1-year decline
US Senator
Dick Durbin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tammy Duckworth
Democratic Party
2020 Median Age
40.9
0.244% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
18.2%
12.4% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$51,830
8.24% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$96,800
4.82% 1-year decline
2020 Employed Population
2,202
10.4% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Chester, IL had a population of 8.26k people with a median age of 40.9 and a median household income of $51,830. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Chester, IL declined from 8,343 to 8,264, a −0.947% decrease and its median household income grew from $47,885 to $51,830, a 8.24% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Chester, IL are White (Non-Hispanic) (66.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (25.6%), White (Hispanic) (3.76%), Other (Hispanic) (1.49%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (0.871%).

None of the households in Chester, IL reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.3% of the residents in Chester, IL are U.S. citizens.

In 2020, the median property value in Chester, IL was $96,800, and the homeownership rate was 66.7%. Most people in Chester, IL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 16 minutes. The average car ownership in Chester, IL was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Chester, IL is home to a population of 8.26k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2020, 2.12% of Chester, IL residents were born outside of the country (175 people).

In 2020, there were 2.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.5k people) in Chester, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.12k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 311 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Chester, IL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    5.5k ± 244
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    2.12k ± 261
  3. White (Hispanic)
    311 ± 104
6.04%
Hispanic Population
499 people

In 2020, there were 2.6 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.5k people) in Chester, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.12k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 311 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.04% of the people in Chester, IL are hispanic (499 people).

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.12%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
175 people
2.07%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
173 people

As of 2020, 2.12% of Chester, IL residents (175 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Chester, IL was 2.07%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

41
Median Native-Born Age
± 2.5
42
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 5.4

In 2020, the median age of all people in Chester, IL was 40.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Chester, IL are getting getting younger. In 2019, the average age of all Chester, IL residents was 41.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    628,401 ± 18,975 people
  2. India
    158,225 ± 9,705 people
  3. Poland
    127,303 ± 8,716 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Illinois was Mexico, the natal country of 628,401 Illinois residents, followed by India with 158,225 and Poland with 127,303.

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Citizenship

98.3%
2020 Citizenship
98.2%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.3% of Chester, IL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Chester, IL was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    153 ± 74
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    115 ± 77
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    85 ± 63

Chester, IL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.33 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Illinois, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Illinois (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Illinois. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Illinois.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Illinois across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Males in Illinois have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $57,880. The income inequality in Illinois (measured using the Gini index) is 0.479, which is higher than than the national average.

The economy of Chester, IL employs 2.2k people. The largest industries in Chester, IL are Health Care & Social Assistance (514 people), Public Administration (485 people), and Manufacturing (373 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing ($62,024), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($61,746), and Construction ($58,036).

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,830
2020 value
± $6,521
8.24%
1 Year Growth
± 16.8%

Households in Chester, IL have a median annual income of $51,830, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,885 in 2019, which represents a 8.24% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$77,685
Average Male Salary in Illinois
± $1,244
$57,880
Average Female Salary in Illinois
± $945

In 2020, full-time male employees in Illinois made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Illinois by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Illinois
  1. Asian
    $76,473 ± $3,501
  2. White
    $62,534 ± $868
  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    $56,111 ± $35,058

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Illinois workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Illinois.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Chester, IL is from Illinois.
0.479
2020 Wage GINI in Illinois
0.482
2019 Wage GINI in Illinois

In 2020, the income inequality in Illinois was 0.479 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.707% decline from 2019 to 2020, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Illinois was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Illinois in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Illinois across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Race/Ethnicity
Census Tract 9513
Highest Median Household Income (Total)

The following map shows all of the places in Chester, IL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Sex

Females 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Chester, IL (893 out of 4.91k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Males 55 - 64 and then Males < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    723 ± 206
  2. Hispanic
    120 ± 117
  3. Other
    119 ± 118

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Chester, IL is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

2.2k
2020 Value
± 332
10.4%
1 Year growth
± 18.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Chester, IL grew at a rate of 10.4%, from 2k employees to 2.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Chester, IL, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (296 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (247 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (217 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Chester, IL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Chester, IL, by number of employees, are Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (296 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (247 people), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (217 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Chester, IL has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (13.9 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (3.17 times), and Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (2.44 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Chester, IL, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($99,167), Management Occupations ($97,891), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($78,977).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.2k
2020 Value
± 332
10.4%
1 Year growth
± 18.3%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Chester, IL grew at a rate of 10.4%, from 2k employees to 2.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Chester, IL, are Health Care & Social Assistance (514 people), Public Administration (485 people), and Manufacturing (373 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Chester, IL, though some of these residents may live in Chester, IL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Chester, IL, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (514 people), Public Administration (485 people), and Manufacturing (373 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Chester, IL has an unusually high number of Public Administration (4.72 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.69 times), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1.67 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Chester, IL, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing ($62,024), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($61,746), and Construction ($58,036).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Illinois to other states, or from other states to Illinois.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $138B
  2. $87.2B
  3. $79.8B

In 2020, the top outbound Illinois product (by dollars) was Electronics with $138B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($87.2B) and Mixed freight ($79.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Illinois products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.03T
2020 Value in Illinois
$1.94T
Projected 2050 Value in Illinois
88.6% growth

In 2020, total outbound Illinois trade was $1.03T. This is expected to increase 88.6% to $1.94T by 2050.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Illinois trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Illinois to other states, or from other states to Illinois.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $77.4B
  2. $56.8B
  3. $46.1B

In 2020, the top outbound Illinois domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Indiana with $77.4B, followed by Wisconsin with $56.8B and California and $46.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Illinois shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Illinois went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 57.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (40.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.1%). The most partisan county was Wayne County, IL with 84.6% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are the senators currently representing the state of Illinois. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Illinois is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Joseph R Biden Jr.
Popular Vote for Illinois
57.5% for the Democratic Party
Most Partisan Counties in Illinois
  1. 84.6% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 84.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 81.7% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Illinois was Wayne County, IL with 84.6% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Illinois colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Illinois

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Dick Durbin
Senator from Illinois2
Assumed office on January 3, 1997
Tammy Duckworth
Senator from Illinois3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are the senators currently representing Illinois.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Illinois over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Illinois

Illinois is currently represented by 18 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Illinois have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Chester, IL was $96,800 in 2020, which is 0.421 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $101,700 to $96,800, a 4.82% decrease. The homeownership rate in Chester, IL is 66.7%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Chester, IL have an average commute time of 16 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Chester, IL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$96,800
2020 Median
± $9,286
$101,700
2019 Median
± $10,314

In 2020, the median property value in Chester, IL declined from to $96,800 from the previous year's value of $101,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Chester, IL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chester, IL the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$51,830
Median Household Income
± $6,521
2.2k
Number of Households
± 312

In 2020, the median household income of the 2.2k households in Chester, IL grew to $51,830 from the previous year's value of $47,885.

The following chart displays the households in Chester, IL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $60k - $75k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Chester, IL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Chester, IL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.7%
2020 Homeownership
66.7%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 66.7% of the housing units in Chester, IL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Chester, IL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

16 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Chester, IL have a shorter commute time (16 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 0% of the workforce in Chester, IL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (86.3%)
  2. Carpooled (7.37%)
  3. Walked (4.56%)

In 2020, 86.3% of workers in Chester, IL drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.37%) and those who walked to work (4.56%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Chester, IL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Chester, IL have 2 cars, followed by false.

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Health

96% of the population of Chester, IL has health coverage, with 45.5% on employee plans, 19.5% on Medicaid, 17.5% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 1.47% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Illinois was $8,262 in 2014. This is a 4.44% increase from the previous year ($7,911).

Primary care physicians in Randolph County, IL see 2140 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.6% decrease from the previous year (2316 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2889 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 883 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Wayne County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (19.9%). Additionally, Vermilion County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (43.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

Data is only available at the country level. Showing data for Randolph County, IL.
2,140 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Randolph County, IL

Primary care physicians in Randolph County, IL see an average of 2,140 patients per year. This represents a 7.6% decrease from the previous year (2,316 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Randolph County, IL in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

Data is only available at the state level. Showing data for Illinois.
$8,262
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Illinois
$4,875
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$4,959
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$11,116
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Illinois (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.44%, from $7,911 to $8,262.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

3.95%
Uninsured
45.5%
Employer Coverage
19.5%
Medicaid
17.5%
Medicare
12.1%
Non-Group
1.47%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Chester, IL declined by 0.943% from 3.99% to 3.95%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Chester, IL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 19.9% prevalence
  2. 18.5% prevalence
  3. 18.3% prevalence

Wayne County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Illinois, at 19.9%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Illinois by county over multiple years.

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