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Evanston, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Evanston had a population of 77,565 as of July 1, 2017. 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 (historical), 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Evanston: Grosse Pointe, Ridgeville.

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Evanston, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 77,565
Daytime Population: Workers 54,344
Daytime Population: Residents 38,402
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 92,746
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.20
Population in Households 70,517
Population in Familes 49,190
Population in Group Qrtrs 7,048
Population Density2 9,971
Diversity Index3 63


Median Household Income $76,090
Average Household Income $116,720
Per Capita Income $49,429


Total Housing Units 33,871 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,271 (48.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 15,183 (44.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,417 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $396,430
Average Home Value $495,601


Total Households 31,454
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 16,087
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.56% 0.4%
Households 0.63% 0.44%
Families 0.41% 0.29%
Median Household Income   3.28%
Per Capita Income   2.77%

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, 2017 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 Density # 8 99th
Diversity Index # 89 94th
Median Household Income # 210 85th
Per Capita Income # 54 96th

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