Waukegan, IL

Waukegan profile

Living in Waukegan

Waukegan is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 89,321 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Waukegan is the ninth largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Waukegan is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Waukegan is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Waukegan who work in office and administrative support (10.73%), sales jobs (8.22%), and maintenance occupations (7.25%).

Also of interest is that Waukegan has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

In terms of college education, Waukegan is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 19.85% of adults 25 and older in Waukegan have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Waukegan in 2018 was $24,827, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $99,308 for a family of four. However, Waukegan contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Waukegan is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Waukegan home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Waukegan, accounting for 51.91% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Waukegan residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Waukegan include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

Waukegan also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 29.27%.

The most common language spoken in Waukegan is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.