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Health in Illinois

Illinois is a large state with a diverse population in terms of health care needs. The state has numerous hospitals and medical facilities, providing quality care to its citizens. These hospitals provide everything from general check-ups and treatments to more specialized treatments, such as cancer care, trauma care, and mental health services. In addition, Illinois also has many clinics that specialize in rural health services or family medicine. The clinics offer preventative and primary healthcare services to people living in rural areas across the state. Overall, Illinois provides comprehensive healthcare for its residents with a variety of resources and options available for meeting their individual needs.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.


There are 219 physicians per 100,000 population in Illinois. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.


The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Illinois area is 98.9 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

98.9 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.


The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Illinois area is 36 (100=best). The US average is 55.

36 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.


The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Illinois area is 77 (100=best). The US average is 87.

77 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Illinois commutes 28.7 minutes one-way, which is longer than the US average of 26.4 minutes.


The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Illinois area is 62 (100=best). The US average is 58.

62 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

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    Reviews for Illinois    77 Reviews
    Miserable - 11/4/2021
    Dont move to Illinois, I moved here over 11 years ago, I was shocked to find out how rude and whiny people are that live here, the mid west was suppose to be such a good... Read More

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    Just to set the record straight - 9/28/2021
    I just want to say being a resident in Illinois for over 50 years, if you are a fairly hard working person of average intelligence, Illinois is probably one of the best... Read More

    Taxes and fees are killing me - 7/5/2021
    I have lived in illinois my whole life (31years) and the ever increasing taxes and fees are killing me. Rent keeps on going up because of all the tax increases every... Read More

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