Skip to Main Content
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Waukegan is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 87,999. Waukegan is in Lake County. Living in Waukegan offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Waukegan there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Waukegan and residents tend to lean liberal.
About Waukegan...
Population
87,999

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$120,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$923
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%
Sponsored Mortgage Options for Waukegan
Get Rates
  • $0 Lender Fee on Home Loans Limited Time Only
  • Biggest Home Loan Sale Ever. Low interest rates. Get a quote today!
Niche may be compensated by the third party lenders and others who place ads on the website. Niche is not a lender and does not endorse the products of these advertisers. Fees that Niche receives for ads do not affect the terms you may be offered by the lender you choose. There are many additional borrowing options available.

Waukegan Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    226.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    20.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    156.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    502.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,689.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    67
    284
Home Security Options for Waukegan
Learn More
  • 24/7 Whole home protection with no contract
  • CNET Editor’s choice winner 2018

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    9%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    27%
    13%

Working in Waukegan

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,551
National
$55,322
Places like Waukegan
More

Waukegan Reviews

155 reviews
All Categories
I've been living in Waukegan Illinois all of my life. It's a pretty big town and there's many ways to have fun in the town. Many close restaurants. stores, banks, gas stations, parks, gyms, basically everything that you need is all around. Waukegan is right next to Lake Michigan so the beach is a very popular spot. Honestly the schools are pretty average, but that doesn't mean they're bad. Kids still get a great education and have great opportunities. The teachers are a great big help and people are friendly. Although our schools may not look the best like others, but we still get a great education. There are many jobs around, especially for teenagers. Many fast food places to work at or retail stores. I love Waukegan honestly, i'm not just saying that because I live here. Waukegan is a great town with many opportunities and places to go out and have a good time.
Start Your Review of Waukegan
Rate It!
Waukegan is a large city made of predominantly a minority community. The median income per household is typically low, the unequal distribution of wealth is blatant. Waukegan holds a lot of potential, plans for redevelopment of the lakefront are in the works, the existing industry would be replaced by residential and recreational space. The city also set up several tax increment financing zones which have been successful in attracting new developers. The first step in the revitalization effort, the opening of the Genesee Theatre, has been completed, many new restaurants have opened, buildings have been renovated, and the City of Waukegan has made substantial investments in the pedestrian areas and other infrastructure.
I grew up in Waukegan, IL and have lived here my entire life. It might not be the greatest place but being that it is the biggest city of Lake County it is a industrial suburb with plenty of job opportunities. There is plenty of room for growth, especially being located only about less than an hour drive, and only being 10 miles away from the Wisconsin border. Its a great midwest city to live in.