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The State of Illinois, covering a total area of 57,914.38 square miles and having a population of 12,852,548 people, is the most populous and demographically diverse of the Midwestern states. Most of the population lives in the northeastern region of Illinois, in the city of Chicago and the neighboring metropolitan areas.

Illinois is the 5th most populous state in the nation. As of 2005, 50.9% of the state's population were women and 12% were above the age of 65. High school graduates made up more than 81% of the population over 25 years of age, and 26.1% of them had earned a bachelor’s degree.

The climate and soil conditions in Illinois are favorable for a variety of crops. It is among the leading States in the production of soybeans and corn. Other agricultural outputs include wheat, oats, hay, and sorghum. Cattle and hogs constitute the primary sources of farm income. Illinois also abounds in mineral wealth. The state produces a large quantity of bituminous coal, fluorspar, and oil.

Recently, manufacturing has been a major contributor to the economy of Illinois. Agricultural and food products, chemicals, computer and transportation equipment, and industrial machinery are among the State’s major produces. Tourism also has a significant role to play in the income of Illinois. Abraham Lincoln’s memorials, and a number of art and science museums attract visitors every year.

According to the labor force data of January 2009, the civilian workforce of Illinois included 6,601.4 thousand people, of whom about 7.9% are unemployed. Non-farm industries creating the highest employment rates include Trade, Transportation, and Utilities (20%), Education & Health Services (13.7%), Leisure & Hospitality (8%), Government (15%), and Professional & Business Services (14%).

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