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The City of Metropolis had a population of 6,423 as of July 1, 2021.

The primary coordinate point for Metropolis is located at latitude 37.1512 and longitude -88.732 in Massac County. The formal boundaries for the City of Metropolis encompass a land area of 5.93 sq. miles and a water area of 0.11 sq. miles. Massac County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 361 feet.

The City of Metropolis 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 Metropolis is located within Metropolis Number 2 Election Precinct, a minor civil division (MCD) of Massac County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Metropolis: Metropolis City.

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Metropolis, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2021)


Total Population 6,423 (100%)
Population in Households 6,156 (95.8%)
Population in Families 4,627 (72.0%)
Population in Group Quarters1 267 ( 4.2%)
Population Density 1,082
Diversity Index2 33


Median Household Income $36,715
Average Household Income $46,691
% of Income for Mortgage4 9%
Per Capita Income $20,213
Wealth Index5 35


Total HU (Housing Units) 3,216 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,657 (51.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,130 (35.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 430 (13.4%)
Median Home Value $78,707
Average Home Value $90,670
Housing Affordability Index3 245


Total Households 2,786
Average Household Size 2.21
Family Households 1,593
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.


2010-2021 2021-2026
Population -0.2% -0.73%
Households -0.19% -0.73%
Families -0.37% -0.86%
Median Household Income   1.01%
Per Capita Income   1.5%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.27%

Metropolis, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Metropolis to the other 1,369 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2021 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 # 295 79th
Population Density # 683 50th
Median Household Income # 1334 3rd
Housing Affordability Index # 829 61st
Per Capita Income # 1317 4th
Diversity Index # 357 74th

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