Cairo, Illinois Population 2024

1,493

Cairo is a city located in Alexander County Illinois. Cairo has a 2024 population of 1,493. It is also the county seat of Alexander County.Cairo is currently declining at a rate of -3.8% annually and its population has decreased by -13% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,716 in 2020.

The average household income in Cairo is $40,084 with a poverty rate of 23.5%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Cairo is 42.6 years, 39.5 years for males, and 48.2 years for females.

Cairo Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Cairo was:

  • Black or African American: 73.91%
  • White: 23.25%
  • Two or more races: 2.85%
  • Native American:
  • Asian:
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
  • Other race:
Land Area (mi²)
7.0 sq mi
Density (mi²)
213.70/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-13% (-223)
The current population of Cairo, Illinois is 1,493 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,716.

Cairo, Illinois Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American1,11673.91%
White35123.25%
Two or more races432.85%
Native American
Asian
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Other race
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Black or African American

White

Two or more races

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Other race

Cairo Population by Race

Cairo Population Pyramid 2024

Cairo Median Age

42.6

Total

39.5

Male

48.2

Female

Cairo Adults

There are 1,193 adults, (362 of whom are seniors) in Cairo.

Cairo Age Dependency

81.7

Age Dependency Ratio

43.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Cairo Sex Ratio

Female77951.59%
Male73148.41%

Cairo Population by Age

Cairo Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All5482.6165.534.5
Non Family3451.0452.247.8
Married1044.1393.36.7
Female926.8789.110.9
Male71.570100
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5.14

Average Family Size

2.61

Average Household Size

65.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Cairo Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Cairo Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Cairo Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 85.95%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 23.41%.

Cairo Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$31,375

Average Earnings

$

Average Male

$32,689

Average Female

Cairo Earnings by Educational Attainment

Cairo Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Cairo Language

99.38% of Cairo residents speak only English, while 0.63% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 0.63% of the population.

Cairo Language

Cairo Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black1,10024121.91%
White3048026.32%
Multiple431944.19%
Hispanic22100%
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23.5%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.94%

Male Poverty Rate

39.89%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Cairo

The race most likely to be in poverty in Cairo is Hispanic, with 100% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Cairo is Black, with 21.91% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.58%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.68%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 41.68%.

Cairo Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade48.48%
Some College19.37%
Bachelors or Greater5.56%
High School4.76%
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Cairo Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed100%
Female Employed13%
Male Employed2.69%
Male Unemployed
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Cairo Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Cairo Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Cairo Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

23.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

24.0%

Male Marriage Rate

23.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Cairo Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Cairo Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Cairo Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Cairo Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

107

Number of Veterans

85

Male Veterans

22

Female Veterans

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Cairo Veterans by War

count

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Cairo Veterans by Age

count

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Cairo Veterans by Race

Cairo Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.54%

Veteran Poverty Rate

51.4%

Veteran Disability Rate

Cairo Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

47.2%

Labor Force Participation

39.6%

Employment Rate

16.2%

Unemployment Rate

Cairo Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Cairo Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Cairo Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

75.56%

Born in Cairo

98.54%

Native Born

1.46%

Foreign Born

Non Citizen

1.46%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.54% of Cairo residents were born in the United States, with 75.56% having been born in Illinois. of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Cairo Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20291,198-59-4.69%
20281,257-59-4.48%
20271,316-59-4.29%
20261,375-59-4.11%
20251,434-59-3.95%
20241,493-59-3.8%
20231,552-59-3.66%
20221,611-59-3.53%
20211,670-46-2.68%
20201,716-379-18.09%
20192,095-90-4.12%
20182,185-84-3.7%
20172,269-64-2.74%
20162,333-114-4.66%
20152,447-117-4.56%
20142,564-56-2.14%
20132,620-38-1.43%
20122,658-85-3.1%
20112,743-75-2.66%
20102,818-814-22.41%
20003,632-1,214-25.05%
19904,846-1,085-18.29%
19805,931-346-5.51%
19706,277-3,071-32.85%
19609,348-2,775-22.89%
195012,123-2,284-15.85%
194014,4078756.47%
193013,532-1,671-10.99%
192015,2036554.5%
191014,5481,98215.77%
190012,5662,24221.72%
189010,3241,31314.57%
18809,0112,74443.78%
18706,267
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Cairo Population by Year