Wheeling, Illinois Population 2024

37,238

Wheeling is a city located in Cook County and Lake County Illinois. Wheeling has a 2024 population of 37,238. Wheeling is currently declining at a rate of -1.29% annually and its population has decreased by -4.97% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 39,185 in 2020.

The average household income in Wheeling is $99,696 with a poverty rate of 8.41%. The median age in Wheeling is 39.7 years: 38 years for males, and 41.2 years for females.

Wheeling Demographics

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

  • White: 54.27%
  • Other race: 20.66%
  • Asian: 16.69%
  • Two or more races: 5.4%
  • Native American: 1.55%
  • Black or African American: 1.44%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
8.7 sq mi
Density (mi²)
4,294.0/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-4.97% (-1,947)
The current population of Wheeling, Illinois is 37,238 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 39,185.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White21,06954.27%
Other race8,02220.66%
Asian6,47816.69%
Two or more races2,0965.4%
Native American6001.55%
Black or African American5581.44%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Other race

Asian

Two or more races

Native American

Black or African American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Wheeling Population by Race

Wheeling Population Pyramid 2024

Wheeling Median Age

39.7

Total

38

Male

41.2

Female

Wheeling Adults

There are 31,617 adults, (6,612 of whom are seniors) in Wheeling.

Wheeling Age Dependency

55.3

Age Dependency Ratio

26.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

28.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Wheeling Sex Ratio

Female19,77950.95%
Male19,04449.05%

Wheeling Population by Age

Wheeling Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All15,4842.4762.637.4
Married7,4213.2471.428.6
Non Family5,8371.2852.747.3
Female1,4062.8764.135.9
Male8203.2350.549.5

3.13

Average Family Size

2.47

Average Household Size

62.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Wheeling Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade1,5025.22%
Associates Degree2,1787.57%
Bachelors Degree7,81027.14%
Graduate Degree3,78713.16%
High School Graduate6,42922.34%
Less Than 9th Grade2,0016.95%
Some College5,06517.6%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Wheeling Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wheeling Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White15,03814,3067,111
Hispanic7,6145,1651,008
Asian5,2294,9443,285
Other Race4,7303,020529
2+ Races1,297919190
Native American55747666
Black50640777

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.13%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 62.82%.

Wheeling Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$60,807$69,109$53,349
Graduate Degree$74,706$86,071$68,000
High School Graduate$34,693$39,500$30,357
Less Than 9th Grade$33,042$33,966$29,638
Overall$47,071$51,643$42,817
Some College$46,970$54,267$36,166

$47,071

Average Earnings

$51,643

Average Male

$42,817

Average Female

Wheeling Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wheeling Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Wheeling Language

36.03% of Wheeling residents speak only English, while 63.97% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 29.27% of the population.

Wheeling Language

Wheeling Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White18,2011,7289.49%
Hispanic12,1941,23510.13%
Other7,9631,02312.85%
Asian6,4732063.18%
Native60011419%
Multiple2,085673.21%
Black475388%

8.41%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.83%

Male Poverty Rate

8%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wheeling

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wheeling is Native, with 19% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wheeling is Asian, with 3.18% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.82%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.4%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 17.27%.

Wheeling Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
High School10.99%
Less Than 9th Grade9.09%
Some College8.64%
Bachelors or Greater4.65%

Wheeling Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed27.21%
Male Unemployed17.71%
Female Employed5.65%
Male Employed3.86%

Wheeling Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Wheeling Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$91,195$112,364
Households$80,054$99,696
Married Families$103,262$-999,999,999
Non Families$64,936$76,130

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Wheeling Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

51.1%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.6%

Male Marriage Rate

48.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Wheeling Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Wheeling 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.

Wheeling Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Wheeling Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

713

Number of Veterans

676

Male Veterans

37

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
First Gulf War258
Vietnam160
Second Gulf War129
Korea42
World War II19

Wheeling Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
35 to 54215
75+135
55 to 64128
65 to 74128
18 to 34107

Wheeling Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White4402.46%
Hispanic2092.29%
Other Race1131.99%
2+ Races875.57%
Asian591.09%
Black142.96%

Wheeling Veterans by Race

Wheeling Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

2.15%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.82%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wheeling Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

71.9%

Labor Force Participation

68%

Employment Rate

5.2%

Unemployment Rate

Wheeling Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Wheeling Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Wheeling Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

44.79%

Born in Wheeling

54.18%

Native Born

45.82%

Foreign Born

22.1%

Non Citizen

23.73%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

54.18% of Wheeling residents were born in the United States, with 44.79% having been born in Illinois. 22.1% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Wheeling Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202934,805-486-1.38%
202835,291-487-1.36%
202735,778-487-1.34%
202636,265-486-1.32%
202536,751-487-1.31%
202437,238-487-1.29%
202337,725-132-0.35%
202237,857-615-1.6%
202138,472-713-1.82%
202039,1855681.47%
201938,617-209-0.54%
201838,8263360.87%
201738,490310.08%
201638,4593320.87%
201538,127500.13%
201438,077-10%
201338,0781030.27%
201237,9751200.32%
201137,8551580.42%
201037,69700%
200034,4964,58515.33%
199029,9116,64528.56%
198023,2668,52057.78%
197014,746-20,059-57.63%

Wheeling Population by Year