Education levels

  1. Our Child and Family Characteristics 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). An explanation of this region is included in the pages.
  2. We also have a spreadsheet on Educational Attainment that provides 2016 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

  1. Our Child and Family Characteristics section has data on the unemployment rate for Illinois counties, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  2. We also have a spreadsheet on Unemployment that provides 2016 data on the number of people in the labor force, number of unemployed, and unemployment rates for counties, municipalities, townships, and school districts.

Rates of infant mortality and birth characteristics

  1. Our Child and Family Characteristics section has data on infant mortality rate per 1,000 births for Illinois counties and birth characteristics, based on data from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
  2. 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

  1. 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 lefthand 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.
  2. Illinois Department of Public Health. Illinois Teen Births by County.
  3. We also have a spreadsheet on Student and Teacher Characteristics that provides FY2017 data on the teacher retention rate and the LEP, IEP, homeless, attendance, and chronic truancy percentages for students for elementary and unit school districts.

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

  1. 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+, 2010-2014.” For information on a county, type the name of the desired county in the search box near the top left of the page.

Rates of child abuse and neglect

  1. Our Child and Family Characteristics section has data on child abuse and neglect. This page provides 2013, 2014, and 2015 data 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. Data are provided for counties, based on data from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
  2. We also have a spreadsheet on Child Abuse and Neglect that provides FY2016 data on the number and rate per 1,000 of children from birth through age 5 who are indicated victims of abuse and neglect.

The prevalence of homelessness

  1. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development publishes an Annual Homeless Assessment Report. Use the 2007–2018 Point-In-Time Estimates by CoC (XLSX) for data across those years for each CoC (Community of Care program) in the state.
  2. Our Child and Family Characteristics section has data on homeless children in PFA, kindergarten, and grades 1-3 for Illinois counties, based on data from the ISBE Division of Early Childhood.

Information regarding drug crimes

  1. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) Research & Analysis Unit
    On this page, click on the “Data” tab. The Data page lists various crimes and provides an option to download an Excel file with data related to those crimes. The Excel files provide historical data for Illinois counties. Several of the crime categories are drug-related.