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.

Waukegan is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (12.60%), sales jobs (8.76%), and maintenance occupations (8.53%).

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%: 18.68% of adults 25 and older in Waukegan have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Waukegan in 2010 was $20,333, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,332 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. The greatest number of Waukegan residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Waukegan also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 53.40% of the city’s residents. 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 (30.72%).

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