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Northwest Quiz: Illinois by the Numbers

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The Land of Lincoln officially turns 200 years old on Dec. 3, 2018. As part of a year-long celebration, see if you can answer these questions. All involve numbers.

1. How does Illinois rank in U.S. population?
A)Fifth largest B) Seventh largest C) Tenth largest

2. How many counties are in Illinois?
A) 22 B) 52 C) 102

3. About how many miles does Illinois measure from top to bottom?
A) 200 miles B) 400 miles C) 600 miles

4. How many people visit Illinois state parks annually?
A) 14 million B) 24 million C) 44 million

5. How many cities have served Illinois as a capital?
A) 3 B) 4 C) 5

6. How many U.S. presidents have called Illinois “home?”
A) 2 B) 4 C) 6

7. Charles Mound, the highest point in Illinois, is how many feet above sea level?
A) 535 feet B) 1,235 feet C) 5,035 feet

8. Lincoln Park Zoo bought its first animal, a bear cub, in 1874. How much did the cub cost?
A) $500 B) $100 C) $10

9. In what years did the Chicago Cubs win the World Series?
A) 1907, 1908 & 2016 B) 1927 & 2016 C) We’re still waiting

10. About what percentage of Illinois land is used for farming?
A) 45 percent B) 60 percent C) 75 percent

11. Illinois agriculture products generate how much money annually?
A) $9 million B) $9 billion C) $19 billion

12. Illinois ranks No. 1 in the U.S. for processed food sales. How many food-manufacturing companies operate in Illinois?
A) 640 B) 1,640 C) 2,640

13. What rank does Illinois hold in U.S. ethanol production?
A) No. 1 B) No. 3 C) No. 5

14. Temperatures average how many degrees warmer at Illinois’ southern border than its northern?
A) 2 to 5 degrees B) 10 to 12 degrees C) 15 to 20 degrees

15. How much of Illinois farmland is rated USDA “prime” (the very best)?
A) 39 percent B) 59 percent C) 89 percent

16. In 1959 there were 164,000 Illinois farm operators. How many are there today?
A) 75,000 B) 100,000 C) 150,000

17. About how many airports/heliports exist in Illinois?
A) 500 B) 1,100 C) 10,000

18. About how many people pass through Chicago’s O’Hare Airport each year?
A) 15 million B) 35 million C) 65 million

19. What percentage of all Illinois jobs is in the manufacturing sector?
A) 5.5 percent of workforce B) 9.5 percent C) 15.5 percent

20. How many people have served as Illinois governors?
A) 12 B) 42 C) 92

Quiz Answers

1. A. Fifth largest at 12.9 million
2. C. 102
3. B. 400 miles
4. C. 44 million
5. A. 3 (Kaskaskia, Vandalia & Springfield)
6. B. 4 (Lincoln, Grant, Reagan, Obama)
7. B. 1,235 feet
8. C. $10
9. A. 1907, 1908 & 2016
10. C. About 75 percent, or 72,200 farms, which is about 27 million acres.
11. C. $19 billion
12. C. 2,640
13. B. No. 3 (after Iowa and Nebraska)
14. B. 10 to 12 degrees
15. C. 89 percent
16. A. 75,000
17. B. 1,100
18. C. 65 million
19. B. 9.5 percent
20. B. 42 (Six have been charged with crimes related to the office.)

All answers sourced from U.S. and Illinois government agencies.

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