The Social IMPACT Research Center continually 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to know... "How many people live in poverty in Illinois? What is the poverty rate in Chicago?"
New 2012 Poverty Data for Illinois & Chicago
The U.S. Census Bureau released new information on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage on Tuesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 19, 2013. The Social IMPACT Research Center has developed a fact sheet on the new data for Illinois, Chicago, and the surrounding region. IMPACT Researchers are available to provide comment on the new data and help users understand the trends. (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.)
Visit our other collections to see fact sheets from prior years:
- Poverty Fact Sheets for Chicago Metro Area
- Poverty Fact Sheets for Illinois Counties
- Poverty Fact Sheets for U.S. States
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If you need to know... "Which Chicago neighborhoods experience the highest rates of poverty? Which communities have the most seniors living in poverty?"
Chicago Community Indicators
In December 2012, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates. IMPACT has analyzed the data for you, and prepared its Chicago Neighborhood Indicators data book covering the 77 Chicago Community Areas. The data book 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.
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If you need to know... "What is the state of poverty in Illinois? What are the facts, causes, and solutions?"
Illinois's 33%: Report on Illinois Poverty
For over 10 years, IMPACT has produced the annual Report on Illinois Poverty. The annual report is a snapshot of the state of poverty in Illinois. It is one of only a handful of state reports on poverty in the nation and is unique in its presentation and delivery of information. The goals of the project are simple: to educate lay people, legislators, and other decision makers in Illinois that poverty is a reality for millions of people in the state; to help people make the links between the various facets of poverty and help them see that educational challenges, health disparities and access issues, hunger, employment barriers, and housing hardship are part and parcel of the broader issue of poverty; and ultimately to compel them to care, thereby influencing policy and programmatic changes in order to expand opportunity for the most vulnerable people in the state of Illinois.
The latest report, "Illinois's 33%: Report on Illinois Poverty," was released in January 2013. Complementing the report, IMPACT has updated its interactive website that offers easily accessible county-level data related to 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 outlets.
This report contains the most current poverty data for counties with a population of less than 65,000. For the most recent data on poverty in Illinois and Chicago, please refer to our recently updated poverty data fact sheet.
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?"
IMPACT is currently working in collaboration with Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW) to update the Self-Sufficiency Standard to the more robust Basic Economic Security TablesTM (BESTTM). Like the Illinois Self-Sufficiency Standard, the BESTTM Index is a cost of living tool that measures how much income families need to meet their most basic expenses. 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, childcare—and what sort of an income they need to afford these things without additional supports. By highlighting the differences between these basic family budgets and local wages, the BESTTM Index also helps define who needs assistance to be more economically secure and emphasizes the importance of income supports, quality jobs, and career ladders. Ultimately, the BESTTM Index is a tool that can be used to plan not just how to move families out of poverty, but how to move them on a path to true economic security.