Watseka, Illinois Population 2024

4,450

Watseka is a city located in Iroquois County Illinois. Watseka has a 2024 population of 4,450. It is also the county seat of Iroquois County.Watseka is currently declining at a rate of -1.18% annually and its population has decreased by -4.44% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 4,657 in 2020.

The average household income in Watseka is $57,425 with a poverty rate of 17.27%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Watseka is 50.9 years, 37.4 years for males, and 55.7 years for females.

Watseka Demographics

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

  • White: 88.9%
  • Other race: 5.96%
  • Two or more races: 2.22%
  • Black or African American: 1.67%
  • Asian: 1.12%
  • Native American: 0.11%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
2.9 sq mi
Density (mi²)
1,511.40/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-4.44% (-207)
The current population of Watseka, Illinois is 4,450 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 4,657.

Watseka, Illinois Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White3,87788.9%
Other race2605.96%
Two or more races972.22%
Black or African American731.67%
Asian491.12%
Native American50.11%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
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White

Other race

Two or more races

Black or African American

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Watseka Population by Race

Watseka Population Pyramid 2024

Watseka Median Age

50.9

Total

37.4

Male

55.7

Female

Watseka Adults

There are 3,630 adults, (1,131 of whom are seniors) in Watseka.

Watseka Age Dependency

74.5

Age Dependency Ratio

45.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

29.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Watseka Sex Ratio

Female2,36254.16%
Male1,99945.84%

Watseka Population by Age

Watseka Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All1,9582.1667.532.5
Non Family1,0341.7760.439.6
Married5972.5284.615.4
Female3012.4557.142.9
Male26676.923.1
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2.51

Average Family Size

2.16

Average Household Size

67.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Watseka 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

Watseka Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Watseka Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 14.29%.

Watseka Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$32,880

Average Earnings

$45,132

Average Male

$29,380

Average Female

Watseka Earnings by Educational Attainment

Watseka Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Watseka Language

94.06% of Watseka residents speak only English, while 5.94% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.45% of the population.

Watseka Language

Watseka Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White3,57663017.62%
Asian493775.51%
Other2603413.08%
Hispanic2783412.23%
Multiple9722.06%
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17.27%

Overall Poverty Rate

18.97%

Male Poverty Rate

15.9%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Watseka

The race most likely to be in poverty in Watseka is Asian, with 75.51% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Watseka is Multiple, with 2.06% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was . Among those working part-time, it was 29.89%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.24%.

Watseka Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade36.36%
Some College25.99%
High School7.37%
Bachelors or Greater5.95%
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Watseka Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed11.11%
Male Employed5.95%
Female Employed5.6%
Male Unemployed
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Watseka Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Watseka Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Watseka Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

32.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.8%

Male Marriage Rate

28.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Watseka Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Watseka 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 55-64.

Watseka Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Watseka Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

229

Number of Veterans

205

Male Veterans

24

Female Veterans

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Watseka Veterans by War

count

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Watseka Veterans by Age

count

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Watseka Veterans by Race

Watseka Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

9.42%

Veteran Poverty Rate

55.16%

Veteran Disability Rate

Watseka Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

52.4%

Labor Force Participation

50.3%

Employment Rate

3.9%

Unemployment Rate

Watseka Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Watseka Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Watseka 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

75.3%

Born in Watseka

95.64%

Native Born

4.36%

Foreign Born

2.34%

Non Citizen

2.02%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.64% of Watseka residents were born in the United States, with 75.3% having been born in Illinois. 2.34% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Watseka Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20294,185-53-1.25%
20284,238-53-1.24%
20274,291-53-1.22%
20264,344-53-1.21%
20254,397-53-1.19%
20244,450-53-1.18%
20234,503-53-1.16%
20224,556-53-1.15%
20214,609-48-1.03%
20204,657-107-2.25%
20194,764-70-1.45%
20184,834-67-1.37%
20174,901-73-1.47%
20164,974-71-1.41%
20155,045-38-0.75%
20145,083-50-0.97%
20135,133-65-1.25%
20125,198-43-0.82%
20115,241-45-0.85%
20105,286-384-6.77%
20005,6702464.54%
19905,424-119-2.15%
19805,5432494.7%
19705,294751.44%
19605,21998423.23%
19504,23549113.11%
19403,74460019.08%
19303,14432711.61%
19202,81731212.46%
19002,505
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Watseka Population by Year