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Watseka, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Watseka had a population of 5,069 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Watseka is located at latitude 40.7748 and longitude -87.7293 in Iroquois County. The formal boundaries for the City of Watseka (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.08 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Iroquois County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 633 feet.

The City of Watseka (GNIS ID: 2397217) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve 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 Watseka is located within Township of Middleport, a minor civil division (MCD) of Iroquois County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Watseka 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 Watseka: South Middleport.

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


Total Population 5,069
Population in Households 4,949
Population in Familes 3,744
Population in Group Qrtrs 120
Population Density1 1,647
Diversity Index2 23


Total Households 2,213
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 1,310
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,539 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,322 (52.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 891 (35.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 326 (12.8%)
Median Home Value $86,348
Average Home Value $100,719


Median Household Income $34,624
Average Household Income $46,739
Per Capita Income $20,237
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.57% -0.51%
Households -0.51% -0.47%
Families -0.27% -0.6%
Median Household Income   0.29%
Per Capita Income   1.12%
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.

Watseka, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Watseka 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 # 340 75th
Population Density1 # 408 70th
Diversity Index2 # 426 69th
Median Household Income # 1295 5th
Per Capita Income # 1204 12th

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