Waukegan, IL
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Living in Waukegan


Waukegan is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 88,182 people and 19 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 production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Waukegan who work in office and administrative support (11.72%), maintenance occupations (8.74%), and sales jobs (8.43%).

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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Waukegan use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Waukegan‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

In terms of college education, Waukegan is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.46% of adults 25 and older in Waukegan have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Waukegan in 2010 was $20,844, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $83,376 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 55.54% 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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Waukegan include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

In addition, Waukegan has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (32.20%).

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