Birth rates

  • Find the most recent birth rates per 1,000 women by Illinois county and school district from the U.S. Census Bureau on our Birth Rates page.

Education levels

  • Our Additional Data section has data on Parents’ Education Level and Mothers’ Education Level. These pages provide Census-based data on the education level (at 24 different levels) of parents and mothers who are living with their children. Data are presented by Public Use Microdata Area (PUMA). If you are unfamiliar with this geographic region, visit IECAM’s PUMA information and maps pages.
  • We also have an Educational Attainment page that provides data on the education level (at seven different levels) of all people over age 25 in several different regions (counties, municipalities, school districts, legislative districts, etc.).

Unemployment rates

  • Our Unemployment rate page has data and maps for Illinois counties, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) provides the most recent number of people in the labor force, number of unemployed, and unemployment rates for Illinois counties. Data is also available on the state, metro areas, city, and economic development region levels.

Rates of infant mortality and birth characteristics

  • For the most recent data on infant mortality by county, see the Infant Mortality Statistics page on the IDPH website.
  • For birth characteristics and demographics, see the More Detailed Birth Statistics page on the IDPH website.
  • You may also want to contact your local Public Health District office to ask if they have or can direct you to additional or more up-to-date information.

A district’s rate of dropouts, retention, truancy, teenage pregnancies, and homeless students

  • Illinois Report Card
    At the top left of the home page, type in your school district. When the page for your district appears, select “Students” in the menu bar, and then from the left hand sidebar select the links to data for “Homeless,” “Dropout Rate,” and “Chronically Truant Students.” If you plan to serve a larger area than one school district, be sure to look at the data on all the districts in the geographic area you are interested in serving. You can also search by or select regions other than school districts (city, county), and you can find many other data variables besides those about students.
  • Illinois Department of Public Health. Illinois Teen Births by County.
  • We also have a spreadsheet on Student and Teacher Characteristics that provides data on the teacher retention rate and the LEP, IEP, homeless, attendance, and chronic truancy percentages for students for elementary and unit school districts.

Languages Spoken at Home

The number of families where a language other than English is spoken

  • U.S. Census Bureau. State & County QuickFacts (Illinois)
    This page provides data on demographic variables related to population, race, education, housing, etc. The Families & Living Arrangements section includes data on “Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+ 2014-2018” on the state, county, city, or zip code level. For information on a county, for example, type the name of the desired county in the search box near the top left of the page.

Rates of child abuse and neglect

  • Our Social & Economic Factors section has data on child abuse and neglect. This page provides data by county on the number and rate per 1,000 of children from birth through age 5 who are indicated victims of abuse and neglect based on data from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS)/American Community Survey (ACS). In addition, this page provides data by county on the number and rate per 1,000 of children from birth through age 17 who are indicated for abuse and neglect and for sexual abuse based on data from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

The prevalence of homelessness

  • The Illinois State Board of Education Illinois Report Card shows numbers and percentages of students experiencing homelessness enrolled in public schools in specific schools and across school districts and the state. While IECAM also receives this data from ISBE, the report card can provide further context (such as 5-year trend charts).
  • Our online database has data on homeless children in PFA, kindergarten, and grades 1-3 for Illinois counties. These data, available by county for 2017, give us the number of public school homeless students enrolled in Preschool for All, kindergarten and grades 1, 2 and 3. IECAM staff recently used these data to create a map showing the percent of homeless public school kindergartners by county in 2017.
  • The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development publishes an Annual Homeless Assessment Report. Use the 2007–2019 Point-In-Time Estimates by CoC (XLSX) for data across those years for each CoC (Community of Care program) in the state.
  • Additional resources include those provided by the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (ICPH), such as a map showing student homelessness by school district in Illinois, as well as across the nation.
  • You can find house eviction and rent burden data from Princeton University’s Eviction Lab that can help paint a county-by-county picture of housing conditions. These data come from court records, research companies and state judiciaries and represent the largest accumulation of U.S. court records related to eviction ever compiled.

Information regarding drug crimes and domestic violence

  • Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Research & Analysis Unit provides crime report data for violent offenses. ICJIA uses the latest data published in Crime in Illinois by the Illinois State Police and the latest population estimates provided by the National Center for Health Statistics. Click on download on the upper right hand side of the page to download their data by county. The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority also has information on domestic violence trends in Illinois, updated in October 2019.

Additional Resources

  • Priority Population Data Scan and Resource Guide from the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development (GOECD), Illinois Action for Children, & Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). This document consists of a data scan of available data resources and additional sources for general data questions.