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Biggest Cities in Illinois

Name the most populous cities in Illinois by city proper population.
Source: 2018 Census Estimates.
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Last updated: December 13, 2019
First submittedDecember 18, 2012
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Population
County
City
2,705,994
Cook
Chicago
199,602
Kane
Aurora
148,304
DuPage
Naperville
148,099
Will
Joliet
146,526
Winnebago
Rockford
114,694
Sangamon
Springfield
111,683
Kane
Elgin
111,388
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Peoria
88,029
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Champaign
86,792
Lake
Waukegan
Population
County
City
81,597
Cook
Cicero
77,962
McLean
Bloomington
75,249
Cook
Arlington Heights
75,178
Will
Bolingbrook
74,106
Cook
Evanston
73,509
Cook
Schaumburg
71,290
Macon
Decatur
68,053
Cook
Palatine
63,280
Cook
Skokie
58,959
Cook
Des Plaines
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level 42
Jul 23, 2013
I live in Naperville and I could only remember 7, but I do recognize around 6 others names on the list.
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level 76
Jul 7, 2014
My college roommate was from Palatine, and I still didn't get it. Face smack.
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level 61
Mar 26, 2015
Grew up in Illinois, forgot about Aurora...almost a "name the suburbs of Chicago" quiz.
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level 60
Aug 27, 2016
lmao got 2 (Chicago and Springfield) and I scored better than 20.2% of people to take this quiz
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level 56
Jan 8, 2017
got 11/20 and I live in the windy city!
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level 71
Jun 5, 2017
never heard of Orland Park. Now I'm gonna go google it.
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level 74
Jun 7, 2017
Can you name the 20 biggest cities in Illinois?

Not at all ... stopped at two.
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level 76
Jun 24, 2018
Name the 6 biggest cities in Illinois away from Chicago.
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level 79
Dec 14, 2018
Glad to see that Chicago is at 100%. Would have been a little worried otherwise.
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level ∞
May 24, 2019
Random rant... I love Illinois, but I'm not very optimistic about its prospects. Decades of too-generous deals with public service unions are causing huge problems. The state currently spends 25% of its revenue on pensions - a number that is increasing rapidly. People are fleeing the state due to high taxes which only increases the tax burden on those that remain. Many retirees leave to establish residence in Florida - dodging both winter weather and high taxes. My unsolicited advice? Reduce taxes and hasten the inevitable bankruptcy in order to start the rebuilding process as soon as possible. Illinois still has tremendous human capital but it won't for long if it continues its current policies.
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level 72
May 29, 2019
Well put, QM.
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level 70
May 31, 2019
Grew up in IL. Went to U of I in Champaign. My son went to Northwestern in Evanston. He even still lives/works in Chicago. I know IL. The corruption in government there is so deep, so endemic - I just don't know if it can be rooted out. There really isn't a tax problem, or a lack of earnings/wealth to tax. Agreed the state would go bankrupt - but there is no provision in the law/tax code for a state to do so. States are considered to be sovereign, and therefore can tax their way to health. I don't I agree with that conceptually, and I'm pretty sure we're going to find out how it will work in the Land of Lincoln. I live in New Jersey now - some say it's like IL but just a little earlier. I tend to disagree, but how IL manages its current/chronic fiscal crisis will set a pattern that other states will have to follow. The state is nearing the death spiral, as tax increases will inevitably accelerate the inevitable day of reckoning - totally agree there!
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level 62
Jun 1, 2019
I have lived in Chicago for seven years. I have never loved anywhere more, but I too read and hear constantly about the pension crisis. I have no reason to doubt it, but I also must note that businesses and high-earning residents are pouring into the city. There are new high-end condos being built on every corner, it seems. Economics has never been my bailiwick, but I am often perplexed at how the state can at once be in such dire straits and at the same time attract so many competitive businesses and workers. Well at least we have a totally inexperienced and untested governor coming in to figure it all out. That's comforting.
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level ∞
Jun 1, 2019
Chicago definitely seemed to be vibrant and thriving when I visited last summer. Certainly there is a strong market for $14 cocktails inside the Loop. But the state as a whole has lost 200,000 residents since the 2010 census.
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level 41
Jun 1, 2019
Only got Cicero thanks to Better Call Saul.
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level 77
Jun 1, 2019
The airport in Champaign is the smallest airport I've ever flown out of. 1 small runway, 2 gates, no traffic, almost zero security. Hard to believe that tiny hamlet would feature on the quiz at all much less in the first column, but no wonder this was so hard. Steep drop-off after the first answer.
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level 43
Jun 3, 2019
Have you been to Springfields airport. it's not much bigger. I think the only reason they keep it open is for politicians. It will cost you $150 to fly into it from St Louis (2hr drive) or Chicago (2.5 hr drive).
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level 67
Jun 4, 2019
Only got 2 Chicago because it's obvious and Aurora because of Wayne's World. probably should have guessed Springfield since there seems to be one in every state.
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level 53
Jun 12, 2019
Is Illinois the state with the highest percent of the population in one Metro Area?
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level 62
Aug 14, 2019
Hm. I've never heard that stat, but I would think it very likely. Chicagoland has about 10 million people, and the entire state of Illinois has just under 13 million total. I just googled a couple of other candidates (Atlanta, Phoenix, Portland, Fargo, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City), and none of them really comes close. Atlanta and Portland had the highest percentages out of that group. Both metros both have around 55% of their states' respective populations. Chicagoland has at least 70% of Illinois's population. New York is very tricky because the city's metro area population (around 20 million) is actually higher than New York State's total population (around 19 million), but a whole lot of the New York City metro area population is in New Jersey, and some in Connecticut as well. Not sure how much is actually in New York State.
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level 78
Jun 13, 2019
Boo, I typed champagne instead of the correct spelling :(
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level 61
Aug 7, 2019
I honestly forget a lot of the ones in Cook county are different cities and not parts of Chicago/smaller suburbs
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level 39
Aug 23, 2019
80% of these are dumps. I live in Evanston, one of the few that's not dumpy