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Wood River, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Wood River had a population of 10,442 as of July 1, 2023.

The primary coordinate point for Wood River is located at latitude 38.8612 and longitude -90.0976 in Madison County. The formal boundaries for the City of Wood River encompass a land area of 6.98 sq. miles and a water area of 0.17 sq. miles. Madison County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6).

The City of Wood River 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 Wood River is located within Township of Wood River, a minor civil division (MCD) of Madison County.

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Wood River, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2023)


Total Population 10,442 (100%)
Population in Households 10,153 (97.2%)
Population in Families 7,604 (72.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 289 ( 2.8%)
Population Density 1,497
Diversity Index2 24


Median Household Income $56,614
Average Household Income $73,896
% of Income for Mortgage4 11%
Per Capita Income $32,088
Wealth Index5 57
Socioeconomic Status Index6 Moderate (50.3)


Total HU (Housing Units) 4,948 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,224 (65.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,304 (26.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 420 ( 8.5%)
Median Home Value $105,631
Average Home Value $121,573
Housing Affordability Index3 190


Total Households 4,528
Average Household Size 2.24
Family Households 2,638
Average Family Size 3.00
  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.
  6. The Socioeconomic Index ranges from zero (lowest relative status) to 100 (highest relative status). This measure quantifies disparities in social position of an area's inhabitants and is built from a broad range of demographic, housing, and socioeconomic inputs. More information on this measure can be found in Esri's SEI tutorial.


2020-2023 2023-2028
Population -0.06% -0.10%
Households 0.25% 0.25%
Families   0.11%
Median Household Income   1.84%
Per Capita Income   2.75%
Owner Occupied HU   0.55%

Wood River, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Wood River to the other 1,464 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2023 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 # 221 85th
Population Density # 419 71st
Median Household Income # 1010 31st
Housing Affordability Index # 1091 75th
Per Capita Income # 991 32nd
Diversity Index # 626 57th

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