Waukegan, Illinois Population 2021

86,452
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Waukegan is a city located in Lake County Illinois. Waukegan has a 2020 population of 86,452. It is also the county seat of Lake County. Waukegan is currently declining at a rate of -0.72% annually and its population has decreased by -4.93% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 90,936 in 2010. Waukegan reached it's highest population of 90,936 in 2010.

The average household income in Waukegan is $57,743 with a poverty rate of 18.89%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $919 per month, and the median house value is $120,200. The median age in Waukegan is 32.1 years, 32.1 years for males, and 31.9 years for females.

Waukegan Demographics

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

  • White: 49.39%
  • Other race: 23.94%
  • Black or African American: 19.68%
  • Two or more races: 3.74%
  • Asian: 2.71%
  • Native American: 0.50%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.04%
The current population of Waukegan, Illinois is 86,452 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 88,345.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 90,936.

Waukegan, Illinois Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White44,01349.39%
Some Other Race21,33523.94%
Black or African American17,53419.68%
Two or More Races3,3303.74%
Asian2,4182.71%
American Indian and Alaska Native4480.50%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander400.04%
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Waukegan Population by Race

Waukegan Population Pyramid $2021

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Waukegan Median Age

32.1


Total

32.1


Male

31.9


Female

Waukegan Adults

There are 63,815 adults, (8,781 of whom are seniors) in Waukegan.

Waukegan Age Dependency

61.9

Age Dependency Ratio

16

Old Age Dependency Ratio

46

Child Dependency Ratio

Waukegan Sex Ratio

Female

44,542

49.98%

Male

44,576

50.02%

Waukegan Population by Age

Waukegan Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Waukegan Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married64%36%
All45.9%54.1%
Male41.1%58.9%
Non Family33.6%66.4%
Female29.8%70.2%

45.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Waukegan Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All29,6772.9345.9
Married12,0853.8864
Non Family9,6921.2133.6
Female5,5723.5429.8
Male2,3283.6741.1

3.62

Average Family Size

2.93

Average Household Size

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Waukegan Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9,06116.96%
9th to 12th Grade6,06411.35%
High School Graduate17,99033.66%
Some College10,44219.54%
Associates Degree3,3876.34%
Bachelors Degree4,6088.62%
Graduate Degree1,8893.53%
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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
Hispanic27,78815,6001,268
White11,96410,8823,113
Other Race11,6186,092404
Black11,0619,4611,367
Asian1,8411,649555
2+ Races1,149998212
Native American23913732
Islander19194

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 asian people with a rate of 30.15%.

Waukegan Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$28,795$31,440$25,183
Less Than 9th Grade$22,592$25,997$18,224
High School Graduate$26,808$30,696$22,173
Some College$32,487$38,583$29,102
Bachelors Degree$43,290$48,717$40,733
Graduate Degree$57,938$63,919$55,458

$28,795

Average Earnings

$31,440

Average Male

$25,183

Average Female

Waukegan Earnings by Educational Attainment

Waukegan Language by Age

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Waukegan Language

44.23% of Waukegan residents speak only English, while 55.77% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 52.40% of the population.

Waukegan Language

Waukegan Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic52,2629,49018.16%
Black16,9654,44726.21%
Other21,1623,54816.77%
White13,5531,82913.50%
Multiple3,29743813.28%
Asian2,36224810.50%
Native4485913.17%
Islander362158.33%

18.89%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.79%

Male Poverty Rate

20.95%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Waukegan

The race most likely to be in poverty in Waukegan is Islander, with 58.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Waukegan is Asian, with 10.50% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.10%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.95%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.40%.

Waukegan Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade19.77%
High School15.40%
Some College11.94%
Bachelors or Greater7.19%

Waukegan Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed38.90%
Male Unemployed28.51%
Female Employed9.94%
Male Employed8.98%

Waukegan Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Waukegan Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$45,477$57,743
Families$52,229$64,250
Married Families$67,091$79,030
Non Families$31,457$39,073
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Income by Household Type

Waukegan Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

40.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.7%

Male Marriage Rate

38.8%

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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3,130

Number of Veterans

2,824

Male Veterans

306

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,181
Second Gulf War579
First Gulf War536
Korea199
World War II90

Waukegan Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
55 to 64785
65 to 74768
35 to 54624
75+616
18 to 34337

Waukegan Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,9025.98%
Black9597.27%
Hispanic4461.31%
2+ Races1196.30%
Other Race740.52%
Asian723.47%
Native American41.13%

Waukegan Veterans by Race

Waukegan Veterans by Education

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7.66%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.41%

Veteran Disability Rate

Waukegan Veterans by Education

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68.5%

Labor Force Participation

62.3%

Employment Rate

8.4%

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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55.43%

Born in Waukegan

69.86%

Native Born

30.14%

Foreign Born

20.68%

Non Citizen

9.46%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

69.86% of Waukegan residents were born in the United States, with 55.43% having been born in Illinois. 20.68% 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

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202186,452-631-0.72%
202087,083-631-0.72%
201987,714-631-0.71%
201888,345-954-1.07%
201789,299-549-0.61%
201689,848-226-0.25%
201590,074-444-0.49%
201490,518-109-0.12%
201390,627820.09%
201290,545-209-0.23%
201190,754-182-0.20%
201090,9360.00%

Waukegan Population by Year