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  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 87,571. Waukegan is in Lake County. Living in Waukegan offers residents a dense 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
87,571

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$125,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$946
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    54%
  • Own
    46%
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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
    198.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    22.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    171.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    338.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,689.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    67
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 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
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    25%
    13%

Working in Waukegan

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,752
National
$55,322
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Waukegan Reviews

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Growing up in this city was a blessing! Although it is known to have a bad reputation, the people of Waukegan really do care about this city and are willing to put in the effort to make it better! Growing up here definitely humbled me, and I am grateful for the working class people of this community. I will forever be proud of my roots, and they are planted here in Waukegan.
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I relocated to Illinois, Waukegan specifically in July of 2019. In my time here, I can say that people seem to have a very down to earth vibe & are open to variable small talk while seemingly still staying pretty focused on their own personal daily lives. The neighbors in my uncle's neighborhood have been friendly also. Though you won't be overwhelmed with endless options, there is a fair amount of options for bars & restaurants with shopping approximately 15mins away in the neighboring town of Gurnee, IL. I cannot speak on the school system as I do not have children. There have been instances in the news of some crime in my time, but I would not consider it an overwhelming amount nor do I feel less than safe walking to the nearby convenience stores at night from time to time by myself.
Waukegan has the potential to be an amazing community if the right funding and help came into the city. The whole school system is okay, with some amazing teachers but can definitely use an over haul they are working on updating and cleaning up the public parks and introduce more family and community oriented and its been wonderful to see that transformation.