Waukegan, IL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Waukegan, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Waukegan is the 9th largest city in Illinois with a population of 89,879 as of July 1, 2016. Waukegan 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 Waukegan is located at latitude 42.3694 and longitude -87.8709 in Lake County. The formal boundaries for the City of Waukegan (see map below) encompass a land area of 23.68 sq. miles and a water area of 0.21 sq. miles. Lake County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 653 feet.

The City of Waukegan (GNIS ID: 2397222) 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 Waukegan is located within Township of Waukegan, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lake County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Waukegan 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 Waukegan: Little Fort.

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


Total Population 89,879
Population in Households 88,008
Population in Familes 73,782
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,871
Population Density1 3,795
Diversity Index2 88


Total Households 28,404
Average Household Size 3.1
Family Households 20,108
Average Family Size 4


Total Housing Units 31,427 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,813 (47.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,590 (43.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,023 ( 9.6%)
Median Home Value $146,382
Average Home Value $174,338


Median Household Income $47,176
Average Household Income $61,892
Per Capita Income $20,269
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.14% 0.12%
Households 0.18% 0.16%
Families 0.05% 0.07%
Median Household Income   0.02%
Per Capita Income   1.04%
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.

Waukegan, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Waukegan 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 # 9 99th
Population Density1 # 93 93rd
Diversity Index2 # 2 100th
Median Household Income # 877 36th
Per Capita Income # 1202 12th

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