Population of Cities in Illinois (2017)

1
Over 1 Million
7
100,000 to 1 Million
213
10,000 to 100,000

Illinois is the sixth most populous state in the U.S. with a population that is quickly approaching 13 million people. Surprisingly, this reflects negative growth between estimates from 2016 and 2017. Chicago is the most populous city in the state, posting an estimated 2.7 million people per 2017 estimates. This far exceeds the population of the second most populated city, Aurora, which has just over 200,000 people according to estimates. There are 1,299 incorporated municipalities in Illinois, which includes cities, towns and villages. There is a total of 102 counties within the state.

Of the incorporated cities, the least populous is Nason, located in Jefferson County. Nason has a population of just 236 people. There are multiple municipalities within the state that have a population of less than 1,000, including Orient in Franklin County, Creal Springs in Williamson County and Grand Tower in Jackson County. The state has a total of seven cities with populations that exceed 100,000, and 192 cities with populations between 10,000 and 100,000 people.

Illinois has 1 cities with more than a million people, 7 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 213 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Illinois is Chicago, with a population of 2,720,546 people.

Chicago

Chicago is the most populous city in Illinois and is also the 3rd most populous in the entire country.

2,720,546

Aurora

As one of the first cities in the U.S. to have electric street lights, Aurora is nicknamed the City of Lights.

200,661

Rockford

Rockford was founded in 1834, and its original name was Midway.

148,278

Joliet

Joliet was named after the French-Canadian explorer Louis Jolliet.

147,861

Naperville

Naperville has been ranked as one of the wealthiest cities in the U.S., as well as one of the safest.

147,100

Springfield

Springfield was originally settled in the 1810s and was home to Abrhama Lincoln from 1837 through 1861.

116,565

Peoria

This city is the oldest European settlement in the state of Illinois.

115,070

Elgin

Elgin is known for being a hub of innovation and education.

112,111

Waukegan

88,475

Champaign

Champaigns is home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Parkland College, and companies like Sony, Dow Chemical and IBM.

86,096

Name 2017 Population
Chicago2,720,546
Aurora200,661
Rockford148,278
Joliet147,861
Naperville147,100
Springfield116,565
Peoria115,070
Elgin112,111
Waukegan88,475
Champaign86,096
Cicero83,886
Bloomington78,292
Arlington Heights village75,926
Evanston75,527
Schaumburg village74,693
Bolingbrook village74,306
Decatur73,254
Palatine village69,308
Skokie village64,821
Des Plaines58,677
Orland Park village58,619
Tinley Park village57,143
Oak Lawn village56,781
Berwyn56,368
Mount Prospect village54,747
Normal54,373
Wheaton53,715
Oak Park village52,287
Hoffman Estates village52,138
Downers Grove village49,732
Glenview village47,446
Elmhurst45,957
Lombard village43,797
DeKalb43,211
Moline42,681
Plainfield village42,527
Urbana42,311
Belleville42,034
Bartlett village41,545
Buffalo Grove village41,503
Quincy40,780
Streamwood village40,554
Crystal Lake40,448
Carol Stream village40,356
Romeoville village39,719
Rock Island38,620
Carpentersville village38,512
Hanover Park village38,333
Wheeling village38,079
Park Ridge37,757
Addison village37,208
Calumet City37,031
Glendale Heights village34,435
Oswego village33,955
Northbrook village33,663
St. Charles33,460
Woodridge village33,370
Elk Grove Village village33,238
Pekin33,223
Danville32,108
Mundelein village31,582
Galesburg31,273
Gurnee village31,056
Algonquin village30,571
Chicago Heights30,284
Niles village29,876
Highland Park29,743
North Chicago29,491
Burbank29,128
Granite City29,054
Lake in the Hills village29,024
O'Fallon29,002
Lansing village28,349
Glen Ellyn village28,201
Oak Forest28,074
Round Lake Beach village27,852
West Chicago27,447
Wilmette village27,413
Alton27,003
East St. Louis26,790
Kankakee26,676
McHenry26,657
Batavia26,495
Carbondale26,399
Vernon Hills village26,314
Huntley village26,005
New Lenox village25,800
Melrose Park village25,379
Harvey25,194
Woodstock25,189
Lockport25,175
Belvidere25,132
Edwardsville24,992
Westmont village24,941
Elmwood Park village24,840
Collinsville24,754
Freeport24,476
Homer Glen village24,395
Rolling Meadows24,190
Zion24,117
Maywood village24,012
Blue Island23,652
Loves Park23,455
Morton Grove village23,448
Dolton village23,197
East Peoria23,080
Roselle village22,994
Lisle village22,964
Machesney Park village22,927
South Elgin village22,365
Darien22,256
Bloomingdale village22,254
South Holland village22,043
Villa Park village21,969
Park Forest village21,954
Geneva21,806
East Moline21,350
Charleston21,196
Crest Hill21,153
Grayslake village20,915
Libertyville village20,436
Lake Zurich village19,993
Mokena village19,923
Evergreen Park village19,841
Montgomery village19,489
Lake Forest19,408
Homewood village19,373
Alsip village19,346
Bellwood village19,308
Matteson village19,195
Jacksonville19,103
Deerfield village19,019
Brookfield village18,944
Frankfort village18,653
Bourbonnais village18,569
Macomb18,547
Round Lake village18,461
Yorkville18,451
Bensenville village18,440
Ottawa18,342
Franklin Park village18,312
Mattoon18,113
Cary village17,965
Marion17,803
Godfrey village17,759
Sycamore17,712
Hinsdale village17,628
Palos Hills17,565
North Aurora village17,456
Fairview Heights16,827
Country Club Hills16,795
Lemont village16,788
Shorewood village16,747
Westchester village16,729
Washington16,664
Bridgeview village16,407
Prospect Heights16,386
Morton village16,306
La Grange village15,723
Bradley village15,617
Dixon15,319
Mount Vernon15,087
Sterling15,057
Midlothian village14,847
Norridge village14,621
Lindenhurst village14,408
Cahokia village14,402
Chicago Ridge village14,373
Morris14,363
Antioch village14,329
Canton14,211
Forest Park village14,123
Hickory Hills14,122
Hazel Crest village14,118
Beach Park village13,976
Lincoln13,966
Wood Dale13,917
Wauconda village13,814
Richton Park village13,695
La Grange Park village13,608
Swansea village13,543
Riverdale village13,536
Western Springs village13,369
Warrenville13,317
Streator13,182
Rantoul village13,008
Justice village12,968
Glen Carbon village12,966
Shiloh village12,961
Herrin12,910
Markham12,682
Centralia12,655
Lincolnwood village12,646
Effingham12,604
Channahon village12,594
Palos Heights12,545
Kewanee12,533
Winnetka village12,472
Chatham village12,351
Northlake12,312