Waukegan, Illinois Population 2022

84,260
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Waukegan is a city located in Lake County Illinois. Waukegan has a 2020 population of 84,260. It is also the county seat of Lake County. Waukegan is currently declining at a rate of -0.71% annually and its population has decreased by -5.50% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 89,167 in 2010.

The average household income in Waukegan is $65,366 with a poverty rate of 17.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $960 per month, and the median house value is $132,200. The median age in Waukegan is 32.3 years, 31.8 years for males, and 32.9 years for females.

Waukegan Demographics

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

  • White: 51.00%
  • Other race: 21.89%
  • Black or African American: 17.39%
  • Asian: 5.21%
  • Two or more races: 3.90%
  • Native American: 0.58%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.03%
The current population of Waukegan, Illinois is 84,260 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 84,260.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 89,167.

Waukegan, Illinois Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White44,51851.00%
Some Other Race19,10921.89%
Black or African American15,18217.39%
Asian4,5495.21%
Two or More Races3,4073.90%
American Indian and Alaska Native5070.58%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander250.03%
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Waukegan Population by Race

Waukegan Population Pyramid $2022

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Waukegan Median Age

32.3


Total

31.8


Male

32.9


Female

Waukegan Adults

There are 62,660 adults, (8,269 of whom are seniors) in Waukegan.

Waukegan Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

15.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

45.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Waukegan Sex Ratio

Female

43,310

49.61%

Male

43,987

50.39%

Waukegan Population by Age

Waukegan Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Waukegan Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Female29.8%70.2%
Non Family33.9%66.1%
Male41.8%58.2%
All46.5%53.5%
Married63.9%36.1%

46.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Waukegan Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All29,4412.8946.5
Married12,5003.7863.9
Non Family9,5141.2133.9
Female5,2123.5429.8
Male2,2153.6141.8

3.56

Average Family Size

2.89

Average Household Size

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Waukegan Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,79714.76%
9th to 12th Grade5,30010.04%
High School Graduate16,86831.94%
Some College10,24119.39%
Associates Degree3,4136.46%
Bachelors Degree6,04711.45%
Graduate Degree3,1485.96%
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Waukegan Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Waukegan Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic25,54714,9301,345
White13,20012,2664,269
Other Race10,4885,764441
Black9,8568,5341,548
Asian3,2783,0931,778
2+ Races1,1921,014203
Native American29924055
Islander444

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Waukegan Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,593$33,181$26,239
Less Than 9th Grade$22,230$25,079$17,800
High School Graduate$27,364$31,481$21,951
Some College$33,685$39,167$30,401
Bachelors Degree$49,715$56,469$42,165
Graduate Degree$75,864$93,643$64,474

$30,593

Average Earnings

$33,181

Average Male

$26,239

Average Female

Waukegan Earnings by Educational Attainment

Waukegan Language by Age

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Waukegan Language

45.49% of Waukegan residents speak only English, while 54.51% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 48.83% of the population.

Waukegan Language

Waukegan Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic48,0818,67618.04%
Black14,6143,58124.50%
Other2,912NaN%
White15,9831,93312.09%
Multiple3,37457517.04%
Asian4,4933096.88%
Native5075911.64%
Islander2121100.00%

17.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.55%

Male Poverty Rate

19.61%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Waukegan

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

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.69%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.92%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.04%.

Waukegan Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade19.41%
High School15.86%
Some College11.65%
Bachelors or Greater5.15%

Waukegan Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed33.16%
Male Unemployed24.99%
Female Employed10.11%
Male Employed8.14%

Waukegan Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Waukegan Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$49,803$65,366
Families$56,543$72,997
Married Families$72,767-
Non Families$34,823$42,854
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Income by Household Type

Waukegan Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.8%

Male Marriage Rate

40.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Waukegan Married by Age and Sex

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Waukegan 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.

Waukegan Marital Status by Race

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Waukegan Marital Status

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3,086

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,050
Second Gulf War713
First Gulf War593
Korea185
World War II70

Waukegan Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
55 to 64826
65 to 74660
35 to 54644
75+586
18 to 34370

Waukegan Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,9015.92%
Black9077.89%
Hispanic4731.52%
2+ Races1196.63%
Asian812.20%
Other Race740.58%
Native American41.06%

Waukegan Veterans by Race

Waukegan Veterans by Education

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7.10%

Veteran Poverty Rate

20.90%

Veteran Disability Rate

Waukegan Veterans by Education

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69.3%

Labor Force Participation

63.4%

Employment Rate

7.7%

Unemployment Rate

Waukegan Employment by Age

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Waukegan Employment by Race

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Waukegan 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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54.24%

Born in Waukegan

69.53%

Native Born

30.47%

Foreign Born

20.42%

Non Citizen

10.04%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

69.53% of Waukegan residents were born in the United States, with 54.24% having been born in Illinois. 20.42% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Waukegan Place of Birth

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202284,260-605-0.71%
202184,865-605-0.71%
202085,470-605-0.70%
201986,075-605-0.70%
201886,680-935-1.07%
201787,615-542-0.61%
201688,157-212-0.24%
201588,369-422-0.48%
201488,791-106-0.12%
201388,897980.11%
201288,799-199-0.22%
201188,998-169-0.19%
201089,1671,2660.14%
200087,90118,5092.39%
199069,3921,7390.25%
198067,6532,5190.38%
197065,1349,4151.57%
196055,71916,7733.65%
195038,9464,7051.30%
194034,2417420.22%
193033,49914,2735.71%
192019,2263,1571.81%
191016,0696,6435.48%
19009,4264,5116.73%
18904,9159032.05%
18804,012-495-1.16%
18704,5071,0742.76%
18603,4330.00%

Waukegan Population by Year