Kankakee, IL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Kankakee, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Kankakee had a population of 26,799 as of July 1, 2016. Kankakee 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 Kankakee is located at latitude 41.0969 and longitude -87.856 in Kankakee County. The formal boundaries for the City of Kankakee (see map below) encompass a land area of 14.84 sq. miles and a water area of 0.48 sq. miles. Kankakee County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 656 feet.

The City of Kankakee (GNIS ID: 2395489) 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 Kankakee is located within Township of Kankakee, a minor civil division (MCD) of Kankakee County.

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

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


Total Population 26,799
Population in Households 25,293
Population in Familes 19,891
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,506
Population Density1 1,806
Diversity Index2 75


Total Households 9,354
Average Household Size 2.7
Family Households 5,806
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 10,937 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,630 (42.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,724 (43.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,583 (14.5%)
Median Home Value $92,884
Average Home Value $116,190


Median Household Income $31,880
Average Household Income $43,841
Per Capita Income $16,931
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.43% -0.45%
Households -0.49% -0.46%
Families -0.53% -0.59%
Median Household Income   -1.03%
Per Capita Income   0.51%
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.

Kankakee, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Kankakee 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 # 81 94th
Population Density1 # 348 75th
Diversity Index2 # 38 97th
Median Household Income # 1329 3rd
Per Capita Income # 1331 3rd

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