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 86,075 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Waukegan is the ninth largest community in Illinois.

When you are in Waukegan, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 35.02% of Waukegan’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. 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 (10.19%), sales jobs (9.00%), and maintenance occupations (8.93%).

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%: 18.02% of adults 25 and older in Waukegan have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Waukegan in 2018 was $21,869, which is low income relative to Illinois, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $87,476 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 55.55% 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Waukegan's cultural character, accounting for 31.14% of the city’s population.

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