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The Social IMPACT Research Center tracks poverty-related indicators for the nation and for a variety of geographies in Illinois and across the Midwest. Browse the links below to learn about poverty and get the most recent data for your local community. Still have questions? Call us at 312.870.4949 or send us an email at

→ If you need to know... What Illinois programs have been impacted by state budget cuts over the last few years?

Legislative District Fact Sheets

Legislative district fact sheet

These district fact sheets highlight the community members, institutions, and programs most impacted by state budget cuts over the last several years. As talks of massive cuts to important programs dominate the conversation in Springfield, these fact sheets can help you talk to your legislator about the people and organizations in your community that will be affected if those cuts happen.

Click here to find the fact sheet for your district »

→ If you need to know... "What is the state of poverty in Illinois compared to other states? What are the facts, causes, and solutions?

Racism's Toll: Report on Illinois Poverty

Racism's Toll: Report on Illinois Poverty CoverIMPACT releases an annual Report on Illinois Poverty to educate lay people, legislators, and other decision makers in Illinois about the realities of poverty. The latest report, "Racism's Toll: Report on Illinois Poverty" lays bare the moral, human, and economic cost of the deep inequities in the state and calls out public policies that have and are actively creating these racial inequities. The report and its companion website,, offer easily accessible state and county-level data related to poverty, employment, education, assets, and more.

Click here to read the latest report »

Visit the report website to access county-level data »

→ If you need to know... "How many people live in poverty in Illinois? What is the poverty rate in Chicago?"

New 2014 Poverty Data for Illinois & Chicago

Factsheet: Poverty in IllinoisThe U.S. Census Bureau released new information on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage on Wednesday, September 16 and Thursday, September 17, 2015. The Social IMPACT Research Center has developed a fact sheet on the new data for Illinois, Chicago, and the surrounding region. (For counties with a population less than 65,000, please refer to our annual report on poverty in Illinois for the most recently available data.)

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Visit our publications library to see fact sheets for Chicago, the Midwest, Illinois Counties, and U.S. States »

Interested in a customized analysis of the new demographic, social, economic, and housing data for your program or project? We can help. We have a variety of data services designed to best suit your needs, from a single data request to data subscriptions where we work with you throughout the year to find, analyze, and tailor data for your needs. Check out the services we offer and send us a description of your data needs.

→ If you need to know... "What is the poverty rate for my Illinois county? How do we fare on other poverty indicators compared to the rest of the state?"

Interactive County Data Website

CountyMap: Report on Illinois PovertyComplementing our annual poverty report, you can also visit an interactive website that offers easily accessible county-level data on poverty, employment, education, assets, and more. The interactive site allows advocates, impacted individuals, and decision makers to see how poverty is impacting different populations and different areas of the state and to build fact sheets or spreadsheets tailored to geography and selected indicators. Site visitors can print, download, or share the data via email and social media. Is your county on the watch or warning list this year? You can find that out too.

Click here to access county-level data »


→ If you need to know... "How does my Chicago neighborhood fare on poverty and other key indicators?

Chicago Community Indicators

Chicago Neighborhood MapIn December 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2008-2012 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. IMPACT has analyzed the data for you, and prepared its Chicago Neighborhood Indicators dataset covering the 77 Chicago Community Areas. The dataset provides community-level estimates across a variety of poverty and economic hardship indicators, including but not limited to poverty, extreme poverty, low-income, housing burden, and receipt of public benefits.

Visit our Chicago Neighborhood Indicators Dataset »

Still have questions? Contact our experts to learn more about your community or request a training »


→ If you need to know... "What does it really cost to live in Illinois? What does it take to make ends meet in my county?"

Illinois Cost of Living Project

Illinois Self Sufficiency Standard MapIMPACT, in collaboration with Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), researches wage adequacy and economic security in Illinois with its Basic Economic Security TablesTM (BESTTM). The BESTTM Index is based on real local costs for different family compositions and makes clear how much families in over 100 geographies in Illinois can expect to pay for basic necessities such as housing, health care, transportation, food, and childcare—and what sort of an income they need to afford these things without additional supports.

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