Kankakee, Illinois Population 2022

23,356
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Kankakee is a city located in Kankakee County Illinois. It is also the county seat of Kankakee County. With a 2020 population of 23,356, it is the 101st largest city in Illinois and the 1998th largest city in the United States. Kankakee is currently declining at a rate of -1.47% annually and its population has decreased by -2.89% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 24,052 in 2020. Spanning over 16 miles, Kankakee has a population density of 1,554 people per square mile.

The average household income in Kankakee is $52,452 with a poverty rate of 27.46%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $844 per month, and the median house value is $87,000. The median age in Kankakee is 35.4 years, 34.4 years for males, and 36.3 years for females.

Kankakee Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Kankakeewas:

  • White: 47.99%
  • Black or African American: 41.39%
  • Other race: 5.36%
  • Two or more races: 4.33%
  • Asian: 0.51%
  • Native American: 0.43%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Kankakee, Illinois is 23,356 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 24,052.

Kankakee, Illinois Population 2022

2021 and 2022 population is estimated by projecting the 2019 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2010113,4180.00%
2011113,5191010.09%
2012112,974-545-0.48%
2013112,735-239-0.21%
2014111,883-852-0.76%
2015111,750-133-0.12%
2016111,080-670-0.60%
2017110,540-540-0.49%
2018109,953-587-0.53%
2019109,862-91-0.08%
2020109,771-91-0.08%
2021109,680-91-0.08%

Kankakee Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White12,38947.99%
Black or African American10,68641.39%
American Indian and Alaska Native1110.43%
Asian1310.51%
Some Other Race1,3845.36%
Two or More Races1,1174.33%
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Kankakee Population by Race

Kankakee Population Pyramid 2022

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Kankakee Median Age

35.8


Total

35.8


Male

35.8


Female

Kankakee Adults

There are 19,097 adults, (3,575 of whom are seniors) in Kankakee.

Kankakee Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

23

Old Age Dependency Ratio

43.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Kankakee Sex Ratio

Female

13,266

51.38%

Male

12,552

48.62%

Kankakee Population by Age

Kankakee Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Kankakee Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.9%26.1%
All47.9%52.1%
Non Family36.4%63.6%
Male34.5%65.5%
Female31.1%68.9%

47.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Kankakee Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,5402.5447.9
Married3,2143.3473.9
Male7403.1834.5
Female1,6733.9331.1
Non Family3,9131.1636.4

3.34

Average Family Size

2.54

Average Household Size

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Kankakee Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,6189.66%
9th to 12th Grade2,34714.02%
High School Graduate5,73434.24%
Some College3,82122.82%
Associates Degree1,0806.45%
Bachelors Degree1,3157.85%
Graduate Degree8304.96%
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Kankakee Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Kankakee Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White7,4246,2701,382
Black6,2724,873661
2+ Races48628245
Hispanic2,7701,50578
Other Race83640314
Asian131361
Native American8736

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 84.46%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 18.62%.

Kankakee Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,230$37,075$26,406
Less Than 9th Grade$22,762$25,449$21,141
High School Graduate$26,257$29,766$23,184
Some College$34,724$46,827$28,405
Bachelors Degree$52,839$60,446$39,412
Graduate Degree$54,094$75,938$53,021

$31,230

Average Earnings

$37,075

Average Male

$26,406

Average Female

Kankakee Earnings by Educational Attainment

Kankakee Language by Age

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Kankakee Language

79.64% of Kankakee residents speak only English, while 20.36% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 18.95% of the population.

Kankakee Language

Kankakee Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Native1119081.08%
Black10,3443,88337.54%
Hispanic5,0921,36926.89%
Multiple1,10428525.82%
White9,1231,51416.60%
Asian13110.76%
Other342NaN%

27.46%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.22%

Male Poverty Rate

31.35%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Kankakee

The race most likely to be in poverty in Kankakee is Native, with 81.08% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Kankakee is Other, with NaN% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.83%. Among those working part-time, it was 28.98%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 41.89%.

Kankakee Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade37.74%
High School24.49%
Some College16.57%
Bachelors or Greater8.10%

Kankakee Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed6.01%
Male Unemployed53.72%
Female Employed15.97%
Female Unemployed72.46%

Kankakee Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Kankakee Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$38,763$52,916
Families$48,518$61,814
Married Families$64,352-
Non Families$24,059$34,539
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Income by Household Type

Kankakee Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

35.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.2%

Male Marriage Rate

33.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Kankakee Married by Age and Sex

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Kankakee 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 45-54.

Kankakee Marital Status by Race

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Kankakee Marital Status

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1,184

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War140
First Gulf War301
Vietnam402
Korea101
World War II42

Kankakee Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 3447
35 to 54380
55 to 64218
65 to 74320
75+219

Kankakee Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White6426.46%
Black5277.17%
Native American98.11%
2+ Races60.93%
Hispanic250.75%

Kankakee Veterans by Race

Kankakee Veterans by Education

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9.01%

Veteran Poverty Rate

38.54%

Veteran Disability Rate

Kankakee Veterans by Education

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58.2%

Labor Force Participation

53.5%

Employment Rate

8.1%

Unemployment Rate

Kankakee Employment by Age

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Kankakee Employment by Race

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Kankakee 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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73.00%

Born in Kankakee

89.38%

Native Born

10.62%

Foreign Born

6.67%

Non Citizen

3.95%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.38% of Kankakee residents were born in the United States, with 73.00% having been born in Illinois. 6.67% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Kankakee Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
18805,6510.00%
18909,0253,3744.79%
190013,5954,5704.18%
191013,9863910.28%
192016,7532,7671.82%
193020,6203,8672.10%
194022,2411,6210.76%
195025,8563,6151.52%
196027,6661,8100.68%
197030,9443,2781.13%
198029,633-1,311-0.43%
199027,575-2,058-0.72%
200027,491-84-0.03%
201027,537460.02%
201127,189-348-1.26%
201226,841-348-1.28%
201326,493-348-1.30%
201426,145-348-1.31%
201525,797-348-1.33%
201625,449-348-1.35%
201725,101-348-1.37%
201824,753-348-1.39%
201924,405-348-1.41%
202024,052-353-1.45%
202123,704-348-1.45%
202223,356-348-1.47%

Kankakee Population by Year