12,831,970 in the middle of 2006 versus 12,765,427 for the 2000 census.
An increase of 66,543 people.
A growth rate of just a tiny bit over one-half of one percent.
But the nation as a whole grew almost twice as fast--one percent (0.98%).
Still the fifth largest state.
Only one state larger—New York—shrunk in population.
The larger northern states, like Illinois, were pretty stagnant.
All neighboring states grew more than Illinois (+0.52%), except Wisconsin, which tied.
- Indiana +0.77
- Iowa +0.57
- Missouri +0.75
- Kentucky +0.79
And, what happened in McHenry County, one of the growth tips of Illinois?
Seventeen municipalities grew faster than the state average. Six grew less.
The McHenry County details are on McHenry County Blog.
You get to speculate on what happened to Illinois from 2000 to mid-2006 in the comments section below.