Waukegan, IL
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Waukegan is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 88,475 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Waukegan is the ninth largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities, Waukegan isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Waukegan are a mix 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 (12.36%), sales jobs (8.92%), and maintenance occupations (8.59%).

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.

The education level of Waukegan citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.80% of adults 25 and older in Waukegan have a college degree.

The per capita income in Waukegan in 2010 was $20,426, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,704 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 55.09% 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.

Waukegan also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 31.30%.

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