Wood River, Illinois Population 2021

29,688
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Wood River is a city located in Madison County Illinois. Wood River has a 2020 population of 29,688. Wood River is currently declining at a rate of -0.82% annually and its population has decreased by -5.88% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 31,542 in 2010. Wood River reached it's highest population of 31,542 in 2010.

The average household income in Wood River is $63,947 with a poverty rate of 15.78%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $781 per month, and the median house value is $96,000. The median age in Wood River is 39.1 years, 38.7 years for males, and 39.5 years for females.

Wood River Demographics

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

  • White: 94.50%
  • Black or African American: 2.71%
  • Two or more races: 1.80%
  • Asian: 0.72%
  • Other race: 0.16%
  • Native American: 0.09%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.02%
The current population of Wood River, Illinois is 29,688 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 30,426.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 31,542.

Wood River, Illinois Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White28,86194.50%
Black or African American8292.71%
Two or More Races5491.80%
Asian2190.72%
Some Other Race480.16%
American Indian and Alaska Native280.09%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander60.02%
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Wood River Population by Race

Wood River Population Pyramid $2021

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Wood River Median Age

39.1


Total

38.7


Male

39.5


Female

Wood River Adults

There are 23,560 adults, (5,432 of whom are seniors) in Wood River.

Wood River Age Dependency

68.5

Age Dependency Ratio

30

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Wood River Sex Ratio

Female

15,587

51.04%

Male

14,953

48.96%

Wood River Population by Age

Wood River Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Wood River Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married85.3%14.7%
All69.9%30.1%
Non Family61%39%
Male59.1%40.9%
Female52.2%47.8%

69.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Wood River Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All12,8802.3669.9
Married5,4583.0585.3
Non Family4,9211.2961
Female1,8633.0652.2
Male6382.659.1

2.87

Average Family Size

2.36

Average Household Size

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Wood River Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4922.28%
9th to 12th Grade1,6107.45%
High School Graduate8,27038.28%
Some College5,05423.39%
Associates Degree2,30710.68%
Bachelors Degree2,87813.32%
Graduate Degree9934.60%
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Wood River Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Wood River Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White20,59918,6353,702
Black45843336
Asian20613896
2+ Races17217016
Hispanic15913912
Other Race3737
Native American2855
Islander664

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 66.67%.

Wood River Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$37,933$44,992$30,532
Less Than 9th Grade$18,358$22,123$8,042
High School Graduate$31,757$43,653$21,839
Some College$36,566$48,485$27,323
Bachelors Degree$46,840$55,815$43,438
Graduate Degree$68,561$68,162$71,667

$37,933

Average Earnings

$44,992

Average Male

$30,532

Average Female

Wood River Earnings by Educational Attainment

Wood River Language by Age

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Wood River Language

97.99% of Wood River residents speak only English, while 2.01% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 1.00% of the population.

Wood River Language

Wood River Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White28,3284,01614.18%
Black82950560.92%
Multiple50518536.63%
Hispanic2804917.50%
Other481531.25%
Native28517.86%

15.78%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.11%

Male Poverty Rate

17.39%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Wood River

The race most likely to be in poverty in Wood River is Black, with 60.92% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Wood River is White, with 14.18% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.89%. Among those working part-time, it was 19.74%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.00%.

Wood River Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade26.79%
High School15.72%
Some College9.33%
Bachelors or Greater3.79%

Wood River Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed34.88%
Male Unemployed34.17%
Female Employed9.30%
Male Employed5.93%

Wood River Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Wood River Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$54,139$63,947
Families$62,649$72,068
Married Families$74,799-
Non Families$31,875$45,461
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Income by Household Type

Wood River Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

48.6%

Male Marriage Rate

45.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Wood River Married by Age and Sex

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Wood River 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 55-64.

Wood River Marital Status by Race

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Wood River Marital Status

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2,196

Number of Veterans

2,061

Male Veterans

135

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam857
First Gulf War318
Korea229
Second Gulf War136
World War II112

Wood River Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+647
65 to 74545
55 to 64540
35 to 54405
18 to 3459

Wood River Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,1109.36%
Black468.33%
2+ Races2110.99%
Hispanic158.88%
Other Race1540.54%
Islander466.67%

Wood River Veterans by Race

Wood River Veterans by Education

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7.48%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.46%

Veteran Disability Rate

Wood River Veterans by Education

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61.9%

Labor Force Participation

57.9%

Employment Rate

6.5%

Unemployment Rate

Wood River Employment by Age

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Wood River Employment by Race

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Wood River 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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76.58%

Born in Wood River

98.95%

Native Born

1.05%

Foreign Born

0.49%

Non Citizen

0.56%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

98.95% of Wood River residents were born in the United States, with 76.58% having been born in Illinois. 0.49% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Wood River Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202129,688-246-0.82%
202029,934-246-0.82%
201930,180-246-0.81%
201830,426-188-0.61%
201730,614-47-0.15%
201630,661-103-0.33%
201530,764-169-0.55%
201430,933-93-0.30%
201331,026-179-0.57%
201231,205-175-0.56%
201131,380-162-0.51%
201031,5420.00%

Wood River Population by Year