Brandel Library

NURS 5020: Population Based Health Care

Cook/Lake County Suburbs


Metro Pulse Community Snapshots

This link contains "Community Data Snapshots that summarize demographics, housing, employment, transportation habits, retail sales, property values, and land use in metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities."

DATA UPDATE:  All Community Data Snapshots were updated in July 2020.

As noted in each profile, the data comes from multiple sources, which include the U.S. Census Bureau, the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the Illinois Secretary of State, the Illinois Department of Revenue, and CMAP.

Census 2000 Data

How to find 2000 Census Data for suburban communities:

Step 1: Go to:
Step 2: From the dropdown menu, select “Illinois”. Click “Go.”
Step 3: Under “Illinois Counties, select “Cook County.”
Step 4: Under “Illinois Cities”, select your suburban community. Click “Go.”
Step 5: Click the yellow link on the right, under “Browse data sets for…”
Step 6: Scroll down to the section titled: “Census 2000 population, demographic, and housing information.”

  • For information on race and ethnicity: Click “General Characteristics.”
  • For information on income: Click “Economic Characteristics.”


American Community Survey

Click here to search ACS data sets.

Step 1: In the "state, county or place" field enter the name of your community.
            For example, "Evanston,IL."
Step 2: Click "Go."
Step 3: Browse the list of data sets for relevant information.

What is the difference between the American Community Survey and the Census?

The American Community Survey (ACS) is conducted every year to provide up-to-date information about the social and economic needs of a given community. The ACS shows how people live--education, housing, jobs and more. For example, results may be used to decide where new schools, hospitals, and emergency services are needed.

The census is conducted once every 10 years to provide an official count of the entire U.S. population to Congress.