Waukegan, Illinois Population 2022

89,369
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Waukegan is a city located in Lake County Illinois. It is also the county seat of Lake County. With a 2020 population of 89,369, it is the 10th largest city in Illinois and the 409th largest city in the United States. Waukegan is currently growing at a rate of 0.03% annually and its population has increased by 0.05% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 89,321 in 2020. Spanning over 24 miles, Waukegan has a population density of 3,684 people per square mile.

The average household income in Waukegan is $65,366 with a poverty rate of 15.50%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $976 per month, and the median house value is $140,300. 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: 42.25%
  • Other race: 23.82%
  • Black or African American: 19.96%
  • Two or more races: 7.12%
  • Asian: 6.14%
  • Native American: 0.66%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Waukegan, Illinois is 89,369 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 89,321.

Waukegan, Illinois Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White36,82542.25%
Black or African American17,39319.96%
American Indian and Alaska Native5750.66%
Asian5,3546.14%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander480.06%
Some Other Race20,75923.82%
Two or More Races6,2037.12%
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Waukegan Population by Race

Waukegan Population Pyramid 2022

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Waukegan Median Age

33.1


Total

32.7


Male

33.8


Female

Waukegan Adults

There are 63,866 adults, (8,967 of whom are seniors) in Waukegan.

Waukegan Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

16.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Waukegan Sex Ratio

Female

43,643

50.07%

Male

43,514

49.93%

Waukegan Population by Age

Waukegan Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Waukegan Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married64.6%35.4%
All48.1%51.9%
Male46.5%53.5%
Non Family33.8%66.2%
Female33.4%66.6%

48.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Waukegan Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All29,8222.8548.1
Married13,1533.6964.6
Male1,9093.3846.5
Female5,2023.5733.4
Non Family9,5581.1933.8

3.5

Average Family Size

2.85

Average Household Size

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Waukegan Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade6,89112.80%
9th to 12th Grade5,2459.74%
High School Graduate16,44230.54%
Some College10,74719.96%
Associates Degree3,8227.10%
Bachelors Degree7,16813.32%
Graduate Degree3,5176.53%
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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
Asian4,0543,8632,547
White13,12812,1404,602
Black11,1749,9501,528
Native American33325144
Other Race11,7556,6631,011
2+ Races3,1162,284241
Hispanic24,31914,6711,710

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 95.29%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 62.83%.

Waukegan Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$32,109$36,340$27,286
Less Than 9th Grade$23,563$26,297$18,319
High School Graduate$30,679$34,413$23,635
Some College$34,087$39,904$30,387
Bachelors Degree$50,902$59,824$45,397
Graduate Degree$68,954$69,691$68,049

$32,109

Average Earnings

$36,340

Average Male

$27,286

Average Female

Waukegan Earnings by Educational Attainment

Waukegan Language by Age

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Waukegan Language

48.41% of Waukegan residents speak only English, while 51.59% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 44.16% of the population.

Waukegan Language

Waukegan Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Islander4848100.00%
Native57512121.04%
Black16,6733,41720.49%
Hispanic44,9567,26916.17%
Multiple6,12268911.25%
White15,9431,62110.17%
Asian5,2982755.19%
Other3,208NaN%

15.50%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.57%

Male Poverty Rate

17.38%

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 3.52%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.25%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 23.60%.

Waukegan Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade16.20%
High School15.02%
Some College9.80%
Bachelors or Greater6.42%

Waukegan Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed7.20%
Male Unemployed20.31%
Female Employed8.50%
Female Unemployed33.44%

Waukegan Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Waukegan Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,778$70,710
Families$63,401$80,340
Married Families$77,715-
Non Families$34,692$42,918
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Income by Household Type

Waukegan Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

43.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.3%

Male Marriage Rate

43.5%

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 55-64, 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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3,231

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War710
First Gulf War743
Vietnam1,071
Korea128
World War II42

Waukegan Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34365
35 to 54685
55 to 64912
65 to 74703
75+566

Waukegan Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,7936.65%
Black8326.26%
Native American71.91%
Asian3858.61%
Other Race1240.87%
2+ Races902.19%
Hispanic4371.46%

Waukegan Veterans by Race

Waukegan Veterans by Education

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6.48%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.63%

Veteran Disability Rate

Waukegan Veterans by Education

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68.6%

Labor Force Participation

63.2%

Employment Rate

7.2%

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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54.85%

Born in Waukegan

70.73%

Native Born

29.27%

Foreign Born

18.42%

Non Citizen

10.86%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

70.73% of Waukegan residents were born in the United States, with 54.85% having been born in Illinois. 18.42% 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
18603,4330.00%
18704,5071,0742.76%
18804,012-495-1.16%
18904,9159032.05%
19009,4264,5116.73%
191016,0696,6435.48%
192019,2263,1571.81%
193033,49914,2735.71%
194034,2417420.22%
195038,9464,7051.30%
196055,71916,7733.65%
197065,1349,4151.57%
198067,6532,5190.38%
199069,3921,7390.25%
200087,90118,5092.39%
201089,0781,1770.13%
201189,102240.03%
201289,126240.03%
201389,150240.03%
201489,174240.03%
201589,198240.03%
201689,222240.03%
201789,246240.03%
201889,270240.03%
201989,294240.03%
202089,321270.03%
202189,345240.03%
202289,369240.03%

Waukegan Population by Year