Demographic and Economic Trend Analyses

CGS staff conduct ongoing research into critical demographic and economic trends impacting northern Illinois, the Tri-State Region (Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin), and the metropolitan and rural areas of “downstate” Illinois. This research is used to support a range of local and regional projects, and has been shared in public presentations and professional newsletters such as CGS’s Policy Profiles, the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs Rural Research Reports, and peer-reviewed journals. Research finding have also been presented at meetings of government and professional groups, including the Community Development Society, Mid-Continent Regional Science Association, the Tri-State Alliance, the State of Ingenuity, and the Governors Rural Affairs Council.

Recent examples:

Population Trends in Rural Downstate Illinois

The Rural Midwest: How Is It Faring

Employment Changes in Downstate Illinois and Business Climate Perceptions


For additional information about demographic and economic trend analyses, please contact:

Brian Richard
Assistant Director