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Pontiac, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Pontiac had a population of 11,770 as of July 1, 2016. Pontiac ranks in the upper quartile for 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 Pontiac is located at latitude 40.8834 and longitude -88.6472 in Livingston County. The formal boundaries for the City of Pontiac (see map below) encompass a land area of 7.71 sq. miles and a water area of 0.14 sq. miles. Livingston County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 643 feet.

The City of Pontiac (GNIS ID: 2396250) 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 Pontiac is located within Township of Pontiac, a minor civil division (MCD) of Livingston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Pontiac 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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Pontiac, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 11,770
Population in Households 9,932
Population in Familes 7,582
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,838
Population Density1 1,526
Diversity Index2 40


Total Households 4,308
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 2,564
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 4,724 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 2,763 (58.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,545 (32.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 416 ( 8.8%)
Median Home Value $100,481
Average Home Value $123,018


Median Household Income $44,069
Average Household Income $55,302
Per Capita Income $21,732
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.22% -0.3%
Households -0.11% -0.25%
Families -0.27% -0.38%
Median Household Income   1.25%
Per Capita Income   1.36%
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.

Pontiac, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pontiac 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 # 202 85th
Population Density1 # 455 67th
Diversity Index2 # 248 82nd
Median Household Income # 987 28th
Per Capita Income # 1083 21st

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