By The Numbers | November 2021

Appears in the November 2021 issue.


The percentage of Illinois residents who have experienced “pandemic brain,” according to a recent survey by an online gaming company. Gen Z is the age group most affected by the frustratingly subtle and gradual mental deterioration due to chronic stress caused by the pandemic.


Naperville’s poverty rate is the fifth lowest in the country, according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. While there are 5,384 residents who live below the poverty level, the level is significantly lower than the national average of 12.3 percent.

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The number of U.S. residents who dealt with smoking-related illnesses in 2020, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control, costing $300 billion annually. Although cigarette smoking has dropped 30 percent since 1995, 11.9 percent of Naperville residents still smoke.

Illustration by Kevin Sterjo