The area of the state of Illinois is 57,914 square miles which puts the state on the 25th position among the 50 states. Illinois is the 5th populous state with a population of 12,880,580 as it was estimated at 2014. There’s an interesting fact about the state that, three of the presidents have been elected while living in Illinois: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and Barack Obama. Landmarks of the state represent: “Abraham Lincoln Presidential library and museum”, “Anderson Japanese Gardens”, “Chicago Symphony Center” and others.
In the state of Illinois are located eleven national universities and five of them are in the top of the 500 National Universities in the United States. Illinois has more than 20 public and private four year universities and dozens of small liberal art colleges.
The gross state product estimated in 2010 was $652 billion and the state’s per capita personal income was estimated to be $41,411 in 2009. The tax rate for general merchandise sales is 6.25% and 1% for qualifying foods, drugs and medical appliances. The tax for the property includes counties, townships, municipalities and school districts. The main agricultural outputs are corn, soybeans, hogs, cattle, dairy products and wheat. The state of Illinois is the 1st or 2nd state in highest production of soybeans. Illinois is a leader in food manufacturing (over $107 billion) and meat processing. The state is known for its coal industry and exporting energy and is a leading refiner of petroleum in the American Midwest. Since 2000, the economy in Illinois has moved towards high value added services such as: financial trading, higher education, law, logistics and medicine.