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Highwood, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Highwood had a population of 5,485 as of July 1, 2020. Highwood 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 Highwood is located at latitude 42.1997 and longitude -87.8092 in Lake County. The formal boundaries for the City of Highwood encompass a land area of 0.71 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Lake County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 673 feet.

The City of Highwood (GNIS ID: 2394379) 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 Highwood is located within Township of Moraine, a minor civil division (MCD) of Lake County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Highwood: Saint John.


Highwood, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 5,485 (100%)
Population in Households 5,413 (98.7%)
Population in Families 4,288 (78.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 72 ( 1.3%)
Population Density 7,616
Diversity Index2 78


Median Household Income $62,082
Average Household Income $94,036
% of Income for Mortgage4 27%
Per Capita Income $30,325
Wealth Index5 82


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,942 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 658 (33.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,101 (56.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 183 ( 9.4%)
Median Home Value $397,414
Average Home Value $503,680
Housing Affordability Index3 83


Total Households 1,759
Average Household Size 3.08
Family Households 1,182
Average Family Size 4
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.17% -0.08%
Households 0.11% -0.09%
Families 0.09% -0.2%
Median Household Income   2.81%
Per Capita Income   2.91%
Owner Occupied HU   0.15%


Highwood, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Highwood to the other 1,369 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 322 77th
Population Density # 13 99th
Median Household Income # 539 61st
Housing Affordability Index # 110 8th
Per Capita Income # 606 56th
Diversity Index # 36 97th

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