Watseka, Illinois Population 2021

4,623
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Watseka is a city located in Iroquois County Illinois. It is also the county seat of Iroquois County. With a 2020 population of 4,623, it is the 345th largest city in Illinois and the 4983rd largest city in the United States . Watseka is currently declining at a rate of -1.53% annually and its population has decreased by -12.03% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 5,255 in 2010. Watseka reached it's highest population of 5,670 in 2000. Spanning over 3 miles, Watseka has a population density of 1,570 people per square mile.

The average household income in Watseka is $53,349 with a poverty rate of 14.22%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $648 per month, and the median house value is $85,500. The median age in Watseka is 44.9 years, 42.6 years for males, and 46.9 years for females.

Watseka Demographics

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

  • White: 95.90%
  • Other race: 2.08%
  • Asian: 0.89%
  • Two or more races: 0.71%
  • Black or African American: 0.42%
  • Native American: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Watseka, Illinois is 4,623 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 4,839.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 5,255.

Watseka, Illinois Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White4,75195.90%
Some Other Race1032.08%
Asian440.89%
Two or More Races350.71%
Black or African American210.42%
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Watseka Population by Race

Watseka Population Pyramid $2021

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Watseka Median Age

44.9


Total

42.6


Male

46.9


Female

Watseka Adults

There are 4,075 adults, (1,186 of whom are seniors) in Watseka.

Watseka Age Dependency

71.5

Age Dependency Ratio

41.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

30.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Watseka Sex Ratio

Female

2,793

56.38%

Male

2,161

43.62%

Watseka Population by Age

Watseka Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Watseka Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married85.5%14.5%
All59.3%40.7%
Female57.5%42.5%
Non Family43.4%56.6%
Male29.2%70.8%

59.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Watseka Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All2,3632.0359.3
Non Family1,1641.2343.4
Married8602.8685.5
Female2192.4357.5
Male1203.0229.2

2.7

Average Family Size

2.03

Average Household Size

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Watseka Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1032.89%
9th to 12th Grade39311.05%
High School Graduate1,35238.00%
Some College79122.23%
Associates Degree51514.47%
Bachelors Degree2797.84%
Graduate Degree1253.51%
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Watseka Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Watseka Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White3,3852,946365
Hispanic8338
Other Race5519
Asian444439
2+ Races2525
Black219

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 88.64%.

Watseka Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,894$38,988$24,375
Less Than 9th Grade$21,667$21,375$
High School Graduate$20,109$29,375$14,863
Some College$43,456$45,833$36,625
Bachelors Degree$44,250$44,500$
Graduate Degree$76,607$$

$29,894

Average Earnings

$38,988

Average Male

$24,375

Average Female

Watseka Earnings by Educational Attainment

Watseka Language by Age

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Watseka Language

96.00% of Watseka residents speak only English, while 4.00% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 2.33% of the population.

Watseka Language

Watseka Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White4,44962614.07%
Hispanic2144521.03%
Other1033533.98%
Black44100.00%

14.22%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.16%

Male Poverty Rate

11.92%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Watseka

The race most likely to be in poverty in Watseka is Black, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Watseka is White, with 14.07% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.67%. Among those working part-time, it was 16.89%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.26%.

Watseka Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade30.07%
Some College12.40%
High School6.80%
Bachelors or Greater0.00%

Watseka Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed44.44%
Male Employed12.08%
Male Unemployed11.27%
Female Employed4.14%

Watseka Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Watseka Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$39,281$53,349
Families$64,866$70,171
Married Families$75,882-
Non Families$26,024$34,433
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Income by Household Type

Watseka Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.7%

Male Marriage Rate

36.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Watseka Married by Age and Sex

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Watseka 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 35-44.

Watseka Marital Status by Race

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Watseka Marital Status

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255

Number of Veterans

245

Male Veterans

10

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam154
Korea34
World War II27
First Gulf War12
Second Gulf War

Watseka Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 74110
75+104
35 to 5432
55 to 649
18 to 34

Watseka Veterans by Age

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Watseka Veterans by Race

Watseka Veterans by Education

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23.21%

Veteran Poverty Rate

68.78%

Veteran Disability Rate

Watseka Veterans by Education

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58.4%

Labor Force Participation

56.2%

Employment Rate

3.7%

Unemployment Rate

Watseka Employment by Age

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Watseka Employment by Race

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Watseka 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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76.62%

Born in Watseka

97.54%

Native Born

2.46%

Foreign Born

0.40%

Non Citizen

2.06%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.54% of Watseka residents were born in the United States, with 76.62% having been born in Illinois. 0.40% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

Watseka Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20214,623-72-1.53%
20204,695-72-1.51%
20194,767-72-1.49%
20184,839-61-1.24%
20174,900-76-1.53%
20164,976-68-1.35%
20155,044-41-0.81%
20145,085-48-0.94%
20135,133-65-1.25%
20125,198-43-0.82%
20115,241-45-0.85%
20105,286-384-0.70%
20005,6702460.44%
19905,424-119-0.22%
19805,5432490.46%
19705,294750.14%
19605,2199842.11%
19504,2354911.24%
19403,7446001.76%
19303,1443271.10%
19202,8173120.59%
19002,5050.00%

Watseka Population by Year