East St. Louis, Illinois Population 2021

25,377
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East St. Louis is a city located in Illinois. With a 2020 population of 25,377, it is the 89th largest city in Illinois and the 1521st largest city in the United States . East St. Louis is currently declining at a rate of -1.30% annually and its population has decreased by -6.03% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 27,006 in 2010. East St. Louis reached it's highest population of 82,295 in 1950. Spanning over 14 miles, East St. Louis has a population density of 1,824 people per square mile.

The average household income in East St. Louis is $37,797 with a poverty rate of 33.37%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $484 per month, and the median house value is $54,500. The median age in East St. Louis is 37.4 years, 34.7 years for males, and 39.9 years for females.

East St. Louis Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of East St. Louis was:

  • Black or African American: 96.31%
  • White: 2.04%
  • Two or more races: 0.68%
  • Other race: 0.44%
  • Asian: 0.26%
  • Native American: 0.24%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of East St. Louis, Illinois is 25,377 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 26,382.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 27,006.

East St. Louis, Illinois Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American25,56396.31%
White5422.04%
Two or More Races1800.68%
Some Other Race1170.44%
Asian680.26%
American Indian and Alaska Native650.24%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander80.03%
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East St. Louis Population by Race

East St. Louis Population Pyramid $2021

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East St. Louis Median Age

37.4


Total

34.7


Male

39.9


Female

East St. Louis Adults

There are 20,098 adults, (4,693 of whom are seniors) in East St. Louis.

East St. Louis Age Dependency

72.3

Age Dependency Ratio

30.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

41.8

Child Dependency Ratio

East St. Louis Sex Ratio

Female

14,447

54.43%

Male

12,096

45.57%

East St. Louis Population by Age

East St. Louis Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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East St. Louis Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78.6%21.4%
Male67.4%32.6%
All47.1%52.9%
Non Family41.5%58.5%
Female35.6%64.4%

47.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

East St. Louis Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All10,9452.4147.1
Non Family5,4051.0841.5
Female3,1334.0735.6
Married1,6193.578.6
Male7882.767.4

3.66

Average Family Size

2.41

Average Household Size

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East St. Louis Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7734.33%
9th to 12th Grade2,33413.08%
High School Graduate6,70337.57%
Some College4,50125.23%
Associates Degree1,3617.63%
Bachelors Degree1,0896.10%
Graduate Degree1,0786.04%
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East St. Louis Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

East St. Louis Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black17,11914,0682,008
White45344376
Hispanic144101
Other Race9453
Asian686867
2+ Races555516
Islander88
Native American3

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 98.53%.

East St. Louis Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$23,779$25,563$22,469
Less Than 9th Grade$14,370$25,349$13,378
High School Graduate$18,816$20,586$16,899
Some College$25,135$27,122$23,707
Bachelors Degree$28,923$$28,949
Graduate Degree$37,113$40,075$36,698

$23,779

Average Earnings

$25,563

Average Male

$22,469

Average Female

East St. Louis Earnings by Educational Attainment

East St. Louis Language by Age

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East St. Louis Language

97.74% of East St. Louis residents speak only English, while 2.26% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.01% of the population.

East St. Louis Language

East St. Louis Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black25,5508,68333.98%
White4646113.15%
Hispanic2544116.14%
Multiple1801910.56%
Native651929.23%
Asian681725.00%
Islander88100.00%

33.37%

Overall Poverty Rate

30.31%

Male Poverty Rate

35.93%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in East St. Louis

The race most likely to be in poverty in East St. Louis is Islander, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in East St. Louis is Multiple, with 10.56% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 7.98%. Among those working part-time, it was 29.47%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 38.68%.

East St. Louis Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade40.39%
High School28.24%
Some College24.52%
Bachelors or Greater13.84%

East St. Louis Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed36.61%
Male Unemployed33.99%
Female Employed25.94%
Male Employed4.61%

East St. Louis Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

East St. Louis Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$24,343$37,797
Families$34,552$49,603
Married Families$57,137-
Non Families$15,209$24,677
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Income by Household Type

East St. Louis Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

18.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

22.1%

Male Marriage Rate

15.9%

Female Marriage Rate

East St. Louis Married by Age and Sex

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East St. Louis 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.

East St. Louis Marital Status by Race

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East St. Louis Marital Status

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1,585

Number of Veterans

1,425

Male Veterans

160

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam668
First Gulf War209
Korea114
Second Gulf War93
World War II84

East St. Louis Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74475
55 to 64421
75+357
35 to 54332
18 to 34

East St. Louis Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black1,5297.93%
White5611.00%

East St. Louis Veterans by Race

East St. Louis Veterans by Education

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21.17%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.21%

Veteran Disability Rate

East St. Louis Veterans by Education

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52.9%

Labor Force Participation

43.2%

Employment Rate

18.3%

Unemployment Rate

East St. Louis Employment by Age

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East St. Louis Employment by Race

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East St. Louis 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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62.00%

Born in East St. Louis

99.11%

Native Born

0.89%

Foreign Born

0.53%

Non Citizen

0.36%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

99.11% of East St. Louis residents were born in the United States, with 62.00% having been born in Illinois. 0.53% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

East St. Louis Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202125,377-335-1.30%
202025,712-335-1.29%
201926,047-335-1.27%
201826,382-268-1.01%
201726,650-179-0.67%
201626,829750.28%
201526,7541150.43%
201426,639770.29%
201326,562-59-0.22%
201226,621-98-0.37%
201126,719-187-0.70%
201026,906-4,636-1.58%
200031,542-9,402-2.58%
199040,944-14,256-2.94%
198055,200-14,969-2.37%
197070,169-11,543-1.51%
196081,712-583-0.07%
195082,2956,6860.85%
194075,6091,2620.17%
193074,3477,5801.08%
192066,7678,2201.32%
191058,54728,8927.04%
190029,65514,4866.93%
189015,1695,9845.14%
18809,1853,5414.99%
18705,6440.00%

East St. Louis Population by Year