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Immigrant Demographics 

  • Immigrants are now 13.6% of the population in Illinois;  Immigrants and their children are 26% of the population.  The immigrant population of Illinois grows by 35,300 people a year.
  • There are 1.5 million U.S. born children of immigrants in Illinois;  870,000 of them are voting age.
  • The number of immigrant naturalized citizens in Illinois jumped from 597,911 in 2000 to 736,161 in 2005, a 23% increase in just 5 years.  The number of suburban naturalized citizens jumped 38% in just the last 5 years, and now totals 460,000.
  • There are now 1,605,844 voting age naturalized citizens and U.S. born children of immigrants in Illinois, 19% of the entire citizen voting age population.  Each year 18,000 U.S. born children of immigrants become eligible to vote.
  • The immigrant population of 984,000 in the suburbs now dwarfs the Chicago immigrant population of 590,000.
  • Illinois is now home to almost 700,000 Mexican immigrants;  the next greatest populations of immigrants are Polish, Indian, Filipino, and Chinese.
  • The Indian population of Illinois increased 24% in just 5 years; the Filipino community increased 19%;  and the Chinese population increased 18%.

Information provided by the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR).