Illinois Population by Race & Ethnicity

Racial distribution of Illinois population: 65.75% are white, 13.91% are Black or African American, 0.44% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 5.79% are Asian, 0.04% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 6.60% are some other race and 7.47% are multiracial.
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Updated Jul 15, 2024

Illinois population by race

The table below shows Illinois's population by race.

Race Population % of Total Population
White 8,388,659 65.75%
Black or African American 1,774,605 13.91%
American Indian and Alaska Native 55,819 0.44%
Asian 738,071 5.79%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 5,476 0.04%
Some other race 842,553 6.60%
Two or more races (multiracial) 952,451 7.47%
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Illinois population by race

Of the 5 race categories (excluding ethnicity) identified by the Census Bureau, namely American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander and White; Illinois has a population in all of the race categories.

This confirms that Illinois's population has become increasingly diverse.

The percent distribution of Illinois population by race (across all racial categories recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau): 65.75% are white, 13.91% are Black or African American, 0.44% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 5.79% are Asian, 0.04% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 6.60% are some other race and 7.47% are multiracial.

FIGURE 1

Illinois population by race.

The largest racial group in Illinois is White with a population of 8.39 million (65.75% of the total population).

Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2018-2022 5-Year Estimates.

Illinois 's racial breakdown clearly shows that there is an absolute majority (i.e. more than 50% of the population belong to one particular race) of White population in the state.

As per the latest data estimates from American Community Survey's 5-year estimates:

1. The largest racial group in Illinois is White with a population of 8.39 million (65.75% of the total population).

2. The multiracial population, i.e. population that identify themselves with two or more races , is 952,451 (7.47% of the total population).

Racial / Ethnic makeup of Illinois

By ethnicity, 2.28 million (17.84% of the total population) is Hispanic or Latino (of any race), and 10.48 million (82.16% of the total population) is Non-Hispanic.

Of the Non-Hispanic population in Illinois, the largest racial group is White alone with a population of 7.6 million (72.52% of the total Non-Hispanic population).

FIGURE 2

Illinois Non-Hispanic population by race

All percentages shown below are, % of Illinois's Non-Hispanic population.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2018-2022 5-Year Estimates.

Illinois Non-Hispanic population by race

The distribution of the Non-Hispanic population across various race categories

Race Population % of Total Non-Hispanic Population
White alone 7,601,615 72.52%
Black or African American alone 1,744,151 16.64%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 10,119 0.10%
Asian alone 731,197 6.98%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone 2,979 0.03%
Some other race alone 40,167 0.38%
Two or more races (multiracial) 351,702 3.36%

Among the Hispanic population in Illinois, regardless of the race, the largest group is of Mexican origin, with a population of 1.76 million (77.56% of the total Hispanic population).

FIGURE 3

Illinois Hispanic or Latino population

All percentages shown below are, % of Illinois's Hispanic population.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2018-2022 5-Year Estimates.

Illinois Hispanic or Latino population

The distribution of the Hispanic or Latino population by their ancestries

Origin Population % of Total Hispanic Population
Mexican 1,764,985 77.56%
Puerto Rican 208,914 9.18%
Cuban 28,595 1.26%
Other Hispanic or Latino 273,210 12.01%

Things to know

What percentage of Illinois is Hispanic?

As per the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey estimates, 17.84% of Illinois population is Hispanic.

Among the Hispanic population in Illinois, regardless of the race, the largest group is of Mexican origin, with a population of 1.76 million (77.56% of the total Hispanic population).

How many Black people does Illinois have?

Illinois has 1.77 million Black or African American population as per the estimates from the latest American Community Survey 5-Year estimates. Overall 13.91% of the total population (excluding multiracial) in Illinois is Black.

What is the largest minority group in Illinois?

With 82.16% of the total population, Non-Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority in Illinois.

That being said, with a 13.91% of the total population, Black or African Americans are the largest racial minority in Illinois.

What is the majority race in Illinois?

With a population of 8.39 million (65.75% of the total population), Whites are the largest racial majority in Illinois.

Black or African Americans are second largest race in Illinois, with 13.91% of the total population.

References

Notes

The analysis presented in this article is based on estimates derived from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. While these figures offer valuable insights, they are subject to a margin of error. It is advisable to exercise caution and consider the potential margin of error when interpreting and utilizing this data.

Datasets

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2024
Illinois Population Breakdown By Race (Excluding Ethnicity) Dataset: Population Counts and Percentages for 7 Racial Categories as Identified by the US Census Bureau // 2024 Edition
Last updated July 7, 2024
ACS
Free
Neilsberg
CSV, JSON
2018-2022
CC BY 4.0
About this dataset

Context

The dataset tabulates the population of Illinois by race. It includes the population of Illinois across racial categories (excluding ethnicity) as identified by the Census Bureau. The dataset can be utilized to understand the population distribution of Illinois across relevant racial categories.

Key observations

The percent distribution of Illinois population by race (across all racial categories recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau): 65.75% are white, 13.91% are Black or African American, 0.44% are American Indian and Alaska Native, 5.79% are Asian, 0.04% are Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, 6.60% are some other race and 7.47% are multiracial.

Content

When available, the data consists of estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2018-2022 5-Year Estimates.

Racial categories include:

  • White
  • Black or African American
  • American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Some other race
  • Two or more races (multiracial)

Variables / Data Columns

  • Race: This column displays the racial categories (excluding ethnicity) for the Illinois
  • Population: The population of the racial category (excluding ethnicity) in the Illinois is shown in this column.
  • % of Total Population: This column displays the percentage distribution of each race as a proportion of Illinois total population. Please note that the sum of all percentages may not equal one due to rounding of values.

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Margin of Error

Data in the dataset are based on the estimates and are subject to sampling variability and thus a margin of error. Neilsberg Research recommends using caution when presening these estimates in your research.

Custom data

If you do need custom data for any of your research project, report or presentation, you can contact our research staff at research@neilsberg.com for a feasibility of a custom tabulation on a fee-for-service basis.

Inspiration

Neilsberg Research Team curates, analyze and publishes demographics and economic data from a variety of public and proprietary sources, each of which often includes multiple surveys and programs. The large majority of Neilsberg Research aggregated datasets and insights is made available for free download at https://www.neilsberg.com/research/.

Recommended for further research

This dataset is a part of the main dataset for Illinois Population by Race & Ethnicity. You can refer the same here

Illinois Non-Hispanic Population Breakdown By Race Dataset: Non-Hispanic Population Counts and Percentages for 7 Racial Categories as Identified by the US Census Bureau // 2024 Edition
Last updated July 7, 2024
ACS
Free
Neilsberg
CSV, JSON
2018-2022
CC BY 4.0
About this dataset

Context

The dataset tabulates the Non-Hispanic population of Illinois by race. It includes the distribution of the Non-Hispanic population of Illinois across various race categories as identified by the Census Bureau. The dataset can be utilized to understand the Non-Hispanic population distribution of Illinois across relevant racial categories.

Key observations

Of the Non-Hispanic population in Illinois, the largest racial group is White alone with a population of 7.6 million (72.52% of the total Non-Hispanic population).

Content

When available, the data consists of estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2018-2022 5-Year Estimates.

Racial categories include:

  • White
  • Black or African American
  • American Indian and Alaska Native
  • Asian
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
  • Some other race
  • Two or more races (multiracial)

Variables / Data Columns

  • Race: This column displays the racial categories (for Non-Hispanic) for the Illinois
  • Population: The population of the racial category (for Non-Hispanic) in the Illinois is shown in this column.
  • % of Total Population: This column displays the percentage distribution of each race as a proportion of Illinois total Non-Hispanic population. Please note that the sum of all percentages may not equal one due to rounding of values.

Good to know

Margin of Error

Data in the dataset are based on the estimates and are subject to sampling variability and thus a margin of error. Neilsberg Research recommends using caution when presening these estimates in your research.

Custom data

If you do need custom data for any of your research project, report or presentation, you can contact our research staff at research@neilsberg.com for a feasibility of a custom tabulation on a fee-for-service basis.

Inspiration

Neilsberg Research Team curates, analyze and publishes demographics and economic data from a variety of public and proprietary sources, each of which often includes multiple surveys and programs. The large majority of Neilsberg Research aggregated datasets and insights is made available for free download at https://www.neilsberg.com/research/.

Recommended for further research

This dataset is a part of the main dataset for Illinois Population by Race & Ethnicity. You can refer the same here

Illinois Hispanic or Latino Population Distribution by Ancestries Dataset : Detailed Breakdown of Hispanic or Latino Origins // 2024 Edition
Last updated July 7, 2024
ACS
Free
Neilsberg
CSV, JSON
2018-2022
CC BY 4.0
About this dataset

Context

The dataset tabulates the Illinois Hispanic or Latino population. It includes the distribution of the Hispanic or Latino population, of Illinois, by their ancestries, as identified by the Census Bureau. The dataset can be utilized to understand the origin of the Hispanic or Latino population of Illinois.

Key observations

Among the Hispanic population in Illinois, regardless of the race, the largest group is of Mexican origin, with a population of 1.76 million (77.56% of the total Hispanic population).

Content

When available, the data consists of estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) 2018-2022 5-Year Estimates.

Origin for Hispanic or Latino population include:

  • Mexican
  • Puerto Rican
  • Cuban
  • Other Hispanic or Latino

Variables / Data Columns

  • Origin: This column displays the origin for Hispanic or Latino population for the Illinois
  • Population: The population of the specific origin for Hispanic or Latino population in the Illinois is shown in this column.
  • % of Total Hispanic Population: This column displays the percentage distribution of each Hispanic origin as a proportion of Illinois total Hispanic or Latino population. Please note that the sum of all percentages may not equal one due to rounding of values.

Good to know

Margin of Error

Data in the dataset are based on the estimates and are subject to sampling variability and thus a margin of error. Neilsberg Research recommends using caution when presening these estimates in your research.

Custom data

If you do need custom data for any of your research project, report or presentation, you can contact our research staff at research@neilsberg.com for a feasibility of a custom tabulation on a fee-for-service basis.

Inspiration

Neilsberg Research Team curates, analyze and publishes demographics and economic data from a variety of public and proprietary sources, each of which often includes multiple surveys and programs. The large majority of Neilsberg Research aggregated datasets and insights is made available for free download at https://www.neilsberg.com/research/.

Recommended for further research

This dataset is a part of the main dataset for Illinois Population by Race & Ethnicity. You can refer the same here

If you're looking for datasets from another year, please feel free to contact us at research@neilsberg.com and we'll be happy to assist you further.

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