Evanston, IL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Evanston, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Evanston had a population of 76,991 as of July 1, 2016. Evanston ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Illinois. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Evanston is located at latitude 42.0464 and longitude -87.6944 in Cook County. The formal boundaries for the City of Evanston (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.78 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Cook County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 614 feet.

The City of Evanston (GNIS ID: 2394709) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Evanston is located within Township of Evanston, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cook County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Evanston population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Evanston: Grosse Pointe, Ridgeville.

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Evanston, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 76,991
Population in Households 69,969
Population in Familes 48,779
Population in Group Qrtrs 7,022
Population Density1 9,897
Diversity Index2 63


Total Households 31,236
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 15,998
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 33,823 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,290 (48.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 14,946 (44.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,587 ( 7.6%)
Median Home Value $405,644
Average Home Value $496,751


Median Household Income $72,166
Average Household Income $109,677
Per Capita Income $46,601
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.53% 0.39%
Households 0.62% 0.45%
Families 0.38% 0.3%
Median Household Income   2.59%
Per Capita Income   1.71%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Evanston, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Evanston to the other 1,368 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 13 99th
Population Density1 # 8 99th
Diversity Index2 # 89 94th
Median Household Income # 219 84th
Per Capita Income # 58 96th

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