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Pontoon Beach, Illinois - Basic Facts

The Village of Pontoon Beach had a population of 5,740 as of July 1, 2020. Pontoon Beach ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and 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 Pontoon Beach is located at latitude 38.7317 and longitude -90.0804 in Madison County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Pontoon Beach encompass a land area of 10.02 sq. miles and a water area of 2.54 sq. miles. Madison County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 417 feet.

The Village of Pontoon Beach (GNIS ID: 2398997) 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 Village of Pontoon Beach is located within Township of Nameoki, a minor civil division (MCD) of Madison County.


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


Total Population 5,740 (100%)
Population in Households 5,729 (99.8%)
Population in Families 4,602 (80.2%)
Population in Group Quarters1 11 ( 0.2%)
Population Density 576
Diversity Index2 37


Median Household Income $52,606
Average Household Income $67,361
% of Income for Mortgage4 8%
Per Capita Income $26,634
Wealth Index5 64


Total HU (Housing Units) 2,483 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,544 (62.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 665 (26.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 274 (11.0%)
Median Home Value $96,642
Average Home Value $116,564
Housing Affordability Index3 320


Total Households 2,209
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 1,502
Average Family Size 3
  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 -0.24% -0.37%
Households -0.15% -0.28%
Families -0.33% -0.42%
Median Household Income   0.87%
Per Capita Income   1.78%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.1%


Pontoon Beach, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Pontoon Beach 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 # 313 77th
Population Density # 1026 25th
Median Household Income # 861 37th
Housing Affordability Index # 1130 83rd
Per Capita Income # 905 34th
Diversity Index # 297 79th

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