DeKalb, Illinois Population 2021

45,953
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DeKalb is a city located in Illinois. DeKalb has a 2020 population of 45,953. DeKalb is currently growing at a rate of 0.37% annually but its population has decreased by -1.73% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 46,764 in 2010. DeKalb reached it's highest population of 46,764 in 2010.

The average household income in DeKalb is $62,262 with a poverty rate of 27.80%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $896 per month, and the median house value is $156,600. The median age in DeKalb is 25.2 years, 25.1 years for males, and 25.2 years for females.

DeKalb Demographics

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

  • White: 72.34%
  • Black or African American: 15.11%
  • Other race: 4.79%
  • Asian: 4.23%
  • Two or more races: 3.35%
  • Native American: 0.17%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of DeKalb, Illinois is 45,953 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 45,440.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 46,764.

DeKalb, Illinois Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White32,94772.34%
Black or African American6,88315.11%
Some Other Race2,1834.79%
Asian1,9264.23%
Two or More Races1,5283.35%
American Indian and Alaska Native790.17%
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DeKalb Population by Race

DeKalb Population Pyramid $2021

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DeKalb Median Age

25.2


Total

25.1


Male

25.2


Female

DeKalb Adults

There are 37,328 adults, (4,311 of whom are seniors) in DeKalb.

DeKalb Age Dependency

37.9

Age Dependency Ratio

13.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

24.9

Child Dependency Ratio

DeKalb Sex Ratio

Female

23,091

50.70%

Male

22,455

49.30%

DeKalb Population by Age

DeKalb Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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DeKalb Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married76%24%
All39.8%60.2%
Male38%62%
Non Family22.9%77.1%
Female20%80%

39.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

DeKalb Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All16,6652.4839.8
Non Family8,3901.7322.9
Married5,2403.2176
Female2,3013.320
Male7343.3938

3.12

Average Family Size

2.48

Average Household Size

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DeKalb Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6612.87%
9th to 12th Grade1,1725.09%
High School Graduate4,89821.29%
Some College5,14022.34%
Associates Degree2,30810.03%
Bachelors Degree5,14122.35%
Graduate Degree3,68616.02%
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DeKalb Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

DeKalb Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White17,25916,2056,870
Hispanic2,4731,923429
Black2,1161,938688
Other Race938623126
Asian830795657
2+ Races388372183
Native American343427

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 79.41%.

DeKalb Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,609$43,080$26,951
Less Than 9th Grade$27,877$28,841$25,521
High School Graduate$32,417$37,867$21,475
Some College$30,374$41,332$23,253
Bachelors Degree$47,072$55,214$31,000
Graduate Degree$58,668$67,115$44,495

$35,609

Average Earnings

$43,080

Average Male

$26,951

Average Female

DeKalb Earnings by Educational Attainment

DeKalb Language by Age

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DeKalb Language

82.19% of DeKalb residents speak only English, while 17.81% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.21% of the population.

DeKalb Language

DeKalb Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White27,2575,73921.06%
Black5,7122,85750.02%
Hispanic5,7371,63428.48%
Asian1,7221,09863.76%
Other2,11852324.69%
Multiple1,32427120.47%
Native341647.06%

27.80%

Overall Poverty Rate

26.17%

Male Poverty Rate

29.37%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in DeKalb

The race most likely to be in poverty in DeKalb is Asian, with 63.76% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in DeKalb is Multiple, with 20.47% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.17%. Among those working part-time, it was 42.11%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 38.43%.

DeKalb Poverty

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Name Poverty
High School17.43%
Some College15.68%
Less Than 9th Grade14.07%
Bachelors or Greater11.69%

DeKalb Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed69.67%
Female Unemployed58.55%
Female Employed22.14%
Male Employed11.92%

DeKalb Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

DeKalb Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$44,558$62,262
Families$67,257$83,616
Married Families$92,518-
Non Families$28,313$38,383
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Income by Household Type

DeKalb Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

29.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

29.0%

Male Marriage Rate

30.5%

Female Marriage Rate

DeKalb Married by Age and Sex

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DeKalb Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

DeKalb Marital Status by Race

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DeKalb Marital Status

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1,737

Number of Veterans

1,577

Male Veterans

160

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War502
Vietnam481
First Gulf War251
Korea201
World War II64

DeKalb Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54416
65 to 74385
75+375
18 to 34349
55 to 64212

DeKalb Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,5835.67%
Hispanic1192.81%
Black1042.10%
Other Race503.27%

DeKalb Veterans by Race

DeKalb Veterans by Education

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9.44%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.80%

Veteran Disability Rate

DeKalb Veterans by Education

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66%

Labor Force Participation

59.6%

Employment Rate

9.6%

Unemployment Rate

DeKalb Employment by Age

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DeKalb Employment by Race

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DeKalb Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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73.11%

Born in DeKalb

90.77%

Native Born

9.23%

Foreign Born

5.99%

Non Citizen

3.24%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.77% of DeKalb residents were born in the United States, with 73.11% having been born in Illinois. 5.99% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

DeKalb Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202145,9531710.37%
202045,7821710.37%
201945,6111710.38%
201845,440-72-0.16%
201745,512360.08%
201645,476-184-0.40%
201545,660-272-0.59%
201445,932130.03%
201345,919-243-0.53%
201246,162-198-0.43%
201146,360-404-0.86%
201046,7640.00%

DeKalb Population by Year