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 89,835 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Waukegan: Little Fort.

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


Total Population 89,835
Daytime Population: Workers 30,740
Daytime Population: Residents 47,018
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 77,758
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.87
Population in Households 88,031
Population in Familes 73,771
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,804
Population Density2 3,794
Diversity Index3 88


Median Household Income $47,973
Average Household Income $63,864
Per Capita Income $20,887


Total Housing Units 31,459 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 14,641 (46.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 13,770 (43.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,048 ( 9.7%)
Median Home Value $148,687
Average Home Value $177,101


Total Households 28,411
Average Household Size 3.1
Family Households 20,068
Average Family Size 4
  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 0.12% 0.17%
Households 0.16% 0.19%
Families 0.02% 0.1%
Median Household Income   0.89%
Per Capita Income   2.16%

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, 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 # 9 99th
Population Density # 96 93rd
Diversity Index # 2 100th
Median Household Income # 909 34th
Per Capita Income # 1224 11th

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