Waukegan, Illinois Population 2020

85,720
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Waukegan is a city located in Illinois. With a 2020 population of 85,720, it is the 10th largest city in Illinois and the 404th largest city in the United States. Waukegan is currently declining at a rate of -0.62% annually and its population has decreased by -3.77% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 89,078 in 2010. Waukegan reached it's highest population of 89,126 in 2010. Spanning over 24 miles, Waukegan has a population density of 3,534 people per square mile.

The average household income in Waukegan is $63,054 with a poverty rate of 17.54%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $946 per month, and the median house value is $125,500. The median age in Waukegan is 31.7 years, 31 years for males, and 32.6 years for females. For every 100 females there are 101.2 males.

Waukegan Demographics

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

  • White: 54.80%
  • Other race: 18.31%
  • Black or African American: 17.21%
  • Asian: 5.38%
  • Two or more races: 3.70%
  • Native American: 0.55%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.06%
The current population of Waukegan, Illinois is 85,720, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 86,792.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 89,078.

Waukegan, Illinois Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White47,98554.80%
Some Other Race16,03418.31%
Black or African American15,07017.21%
Asian4,7085.38%
Two or More Races3,2383.70%
American Indian and Alaska Native4800.55%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander560.06%
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Waukegan Population Pyramid 2020

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Waukegan Median Age

31.7


Total

31


Male

32.6


Female

Waukegan Adults

There are 62,977 adults, (8,004 of whom are seniors) in Waukegan.

Waukegan Age Dependency

59.3

Age Dependency Ratio

14.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Waukegan Sex Ratio

Female

43,518

49.69%

Male

44,053

50.31%

Waukegan Households and Families

Waukegan Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Waukegan Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married63%37%
All45.6%54.4%
Male42.4%57.6%
Non Family31.8%68.2%
Female28.2%71.8%

45.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All29,0772.9445.6
Married12,7163.7963
Non Family9,1091.2431.8
Female5,1223.5328.2
Male2,1303.6842.4

3.56

Average Family Size

2.94

Average Household Size

8.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

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Waukegan Education

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade7,66814.66%
9th to 12th Grade5,60810.72%
High School Graduate17,46333.40%
Some College9,14517.49%
Associates Degree2,9875.71%
Bachelors Degree6,16811.80%
Graduate Degree3,2536.22%
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Waukegan Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
Hispanic25,18414,5201,352
White13,16912,2484,220
Black9,4158,1781,788
Other Race8,7904,761381
Asian3,5293,1191,829
Multiple Races1,165973175
Native American31625960
Islander373737

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%.

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,629$32,074$25,196
Less Than High School$21,350$25,171$17,737
High School Grad$26,798$30,791$21,509
Some College$33,878$39,098$29,857
Bachelors Degree$48,644$57,726$41,520
Graduate Degree$71,007$79,316$58,015

$29,629

Average Earnings

$32,074

Average Male

$25,196

Average Female

Waukegan Language

Waukegan Language by Age

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Waukegan Language

44.77% of Waukegan residents speak only English, while 55.23% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 48.97% of the population.

Waukegan Poverty

Waukegan Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic48,1548,53217.72%
Black14,4563,73625.84%
Other15,9122,61216.42%
White16,1051,81311.26%
Multiple3,21144513.86%
Asian4,6454148.91%
Native4806012.50%
Islander511937.25%

17.54%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.54%

Male Poverty Rate

19.51%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Waukegan

The race most likely to be in poverty in Waukegan is Islander, with 37.25% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Waukegan is Asian, with 8.91% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.67%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.82%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.53%.

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School19.68%
High School15.92%
Some College11.83%
Bachelors or Greater5.15%
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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed36.42%
Male Unemployed31.71%
Female Employed10.90%
Male Employed7.83%

Waukegan Income

Waukegan Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$48,752$63,054
Families$54,784$70,055
Married Families$69,109$86,737
Non Families$32,917$41,412
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Waukegan Marital Status

Waukegan Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

42.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.3%

Male Marriage Rate

41.5%

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 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 Veterans

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3,049

Number of Veterans

2,711

Male Veterans

338

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,058
Second Gulf War707
First Gulf War614
Korea158
World War II126
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Age Group Veterans
55 to 64741
65 to 74690
35 to 54640
75+558
18 to 34420
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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,7004.96%
Black1,0719.36%
Hispanic3671.19%
2 or More1045.80%
Asian932.33%
Other780.73%
Indian30.77%

Waukegan Veterans by Education

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6.41%

Veteran Poverty Rate

20.71%

Veteran Disability Rate

Waukegan Employment Status

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69.9%

Labor Force Participation

63.1%

Employment Rate

8.9%

Unemployment Rate

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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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53.42%

Born in Illinois

68.86%

Native Born

31.14%

Foreign Born

21.28%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

68.86% of Waukegan residents were born in the United States, with 53.42% having been born in Illinois. 21.28% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202085,720-536-0.62%
201986,256-536-0.62%
201886,792-846-0.97%
201787,638-536-0.61%
201688,174-197-0.22%
201588,371-417-0.47%
201488,788-96-0.11%
201388,8841060.12%
201288,778-176-0.20%
201188,954-172-0.19%
201089,1261,2250.14%
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%