Galesburg, Illinois Population 2024

28,441

Galesburg is a city located in Knox County Illinois. Galesburg has a 2024 population of 28,441. It is also the county seat of Knox County.Galesburg is currently declining at a rate of -1.41% annually and its population has decreased by -5.02% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 29,944 in 2020.

The average household income in Galesburg is $59,223 with a poverty rate of 20.57%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Galesburg is 41.6 years, 40.2 years for males, and 43.9 years for females.

Galesburg Demographics

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

  • White: 75.64%
  • Black or African American: 12.77%
  • Two or more races: 6.03%
  • Other race: 3.93%
  • Asian: 1.56%
  • Native American: 0.07%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
17.7 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,602.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-5.02% (-1,503)
The current population of Galesburg, Illinois is 28,441 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 29,944.

Galesburg, Illinois Population 2024

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Galesburg Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White22,63475.64%
Black or African American3,82212.77%
Two or more races1,8046.03%
Other race1,1753.93%
Asian4681.56%
Native American200.07%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

White

Black or African American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Galesburg Population by Race

Galesburg Population Pyramid 2024

Galesburg Median Age

41.6

Total

40.2

Male

43.9

Female

Galesburg Adults

There are 24,795 adults, (6,650 of whom are seniors) in Galesburg.

Galesburg Age Dependency

64.9

Age Dependency Ratio

36.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Galesburg Sex Ratio

Female14,37248.03%
Male15,55151.97%

Galesburg Population by Age

Galesburg Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All12,6102.0759.840.2
Non Family6,4391.1449.650.4
Married4,2982.9781.418.6
Female1,2193.1544.855.2
Male6543.1945.654.4
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2.91

Average Family Size

2.07

Average Household Size

59.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Galesburg 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

Galesburg Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Galesburg Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 90%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 30%.

Galesburg Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$35,388

Average Earnings

$40,025

Average Male

$31,396

Average Female

Galesburg Earnings by Educational Attainment

Galesburg Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Galesburg Language

90.29% of Galesburg residents speak only English, while 9.71% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.71% of the population.

Galesburg Language

Galesburg Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White20,2833,17315.64%
Black2,4511,29752.92%
Hispanic2,06544321.45%
Multiple1,68142825.46%
Other1,08840537.22%
Asian2256729.78%
Native16637.5%
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20.57%

Overall Poverty Rate

20.64%

Male Poverty Rate

20.5%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Galesburg

The race most likely to be in poverty in Galesburg is Black, with 52.92% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Galesburg is White, with 15.64% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.25%. Among those working part-time, it was 26.81%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 26.99%.

Galesburg Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade39.76%
High School21.29%
Some College13.81%
Bachelors or Greater5.25%
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Galesburg Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed50.27%
Male Unemployed28.57%
Male Employed13.77%
Female Employed9.84%
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Galesburg Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Galesburg Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Galesburg Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

35.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.6%

Male Marriage Rate

37.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Galesburg Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Galesburg Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Galesburg Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Galesburg Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

1,867

Number of Veterans

1,759

Male Veterans

108

Female Veterans

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Galesburg Veterans by War

count

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Galesburg Veterans by Age

count

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Galesburg Veterans by Race

Galesburg Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

17.62%

Veteran Poverty Rate

33.1%

Veteran Disability Rate

Galesburg Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

48.6%

Labor Force Participation

46%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Galesburg Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Galesburg Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Galesburg 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

75.25%

Born in Galesburg

94.82%

Native Born

5.18%

Foreign Born

4.06%

Non Citizen

1.12%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.82% of Galesburg residents were born in the United States, with 75.25% having been born in Illinois. 4.06% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Galesburg Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202926,406-407-1.52%
202826,813-407-1.5%
202727,220-407-1.47%
202627,627-407-1.45%
202528,034-407-1.43%
202428,441-407-1.41%
202328,848-407-1.39%
202229,255-407-1.37%
202129,662-282-0.94%
202029,944-238-0.79%
201930,182-201-0.66%
201830,383-359-1.17%
201730,742-195-0.63%
201630,937-295-0.94%
201531,232-357-1.13%
201431,589-109-0.34%
201331,698-85-0.27%
201231,783-259-0.81%
201132,042-136-0.42%
201032,178-1,528-4.53%
200033,7061760.52%
199033,530-1,775-5.03%
198035,305-985-2.71%
197036,290-953-2.56%
196037,2435,81818.51%
195031,4252,5498.83%
194028,876460.16%
193028,8304,99620.96%
192023,8341,7457.9%
191022,0893,48218.71%
190018,6073,34321.9%
189015,2643,82733.46%
188011,4371,27912.59%
187010,1585,205105.09%
18604,953
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Galesburg Population by Year