Will County, IL

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Population

692,310

0.0507% decline

Median Age

38.1


Median Household Income

$85,818

4.41% growth

Poverty Rate

7.4%


Number of Employees

360,561

2.49% growth

Median Property Value

$242,800

5.43% growth

About

In 2018, Will County, IL had a population of 692k people with a median age of 38.1 and a median household income of $85,818. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Will County, IL declined from 692,661 to 692,310, a -0.0507% decrease and its median household income grew from $82,196 to $85,818, a 4.41% increase.

The population of Will County, IL is 62.8% White Alone, 17.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 10.8% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Will County, IL speak a non-English language, and 94.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Will County, IL are Joliet Junior College (3,491 degrees awarded in 2017), Lewis University (1,908 degrees), and Governors State University (1,643 degrees).

The median property value in Will County, IL is $242,800, and the homeownership rate is 80.2%. Most people in Will County, IL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 31.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Will County, IL is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Will County, IL employs 361k people. The largest industries in Will County, IL are Health Care & Social Assistance (47,472 people), Manufacturing (40,507 people), and Retail Trade (38,174 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($103,750), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($79,681), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($77,847).

Median household income in Will County, IL is $85,818. Males in Will County, IL have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,889. The income inequality in Will County, IL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.48, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$85,818

2018 value

± $3,313

4.41%

1 Year Growth

± 4.64%

Households in Will County, IL have a median annual income of $85,818, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $82,196 in 2017, which represents a 4.41% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$74,413

Average Male Salary

± $1,190

$55,889

Average Female Salary

± $913

In 2018, full-time male employees in Illinois made 1.33 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $70,233 ± $3,218

  2. White

    $60,032 ± $826

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $53,351 ± $34,221

In 2018 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Illinois workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.17 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Will County, IL is from Illinois.

0.48

2018 Wage GINI

0.482

2017 Wage GINI

In 2018, the income inequality in Illinois was 0.48 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.354% decline from 2017 to 2018, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2018 the GINI for Illinois was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Illinois in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Illinois across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 8803.12

  2. Census Tract 8803.09

  3. Census Tract 8803.05

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Will County, IL was Census Tract 8803.12 with a value of $165,306, followed by Census Tract 8803.09 and Census Tract 8803.05, with respective values of $161,736 and $158,947.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Will County, IL colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

7.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Will County, IL (50.1k out of 677k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 6 - 11.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    29,238 ± 1,113

  2. Hispanic

    15,250 ± 835

  3. Black

    10,474 ± 710

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Will County, IL is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

361k

2018 Value

± 9,620

2.49%

1 Year growth

± 3.61%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Will County, IL grew at a rate of 2.49%, from 352k employees to 361k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Will County, IL, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (45,650 people), Sales & Related Occupations (38,002 people), and Management Occupations (37,605 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Will County, IL.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Will County, IL, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (45,650 people), Sales & Related Occupations (38,002 people), and Management Occupations (37,605 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Will County, IL has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.58 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (1.41 times), and Production Occupations (1.15 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Will County, IL, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($95,542), Legal Occupations ($87,970), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($86,462).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

361k

2018 Value

± 9,620

2.49%

1 Year growth

± 3.61%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Will County, IL grew at a rate of 2.49%, from 352k employees to 361k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Will County, IL, are Health Care & Social Assistance (47,472 people), Manufacturing (40,507 people), and Retail Trade (38,174 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Will County, IL, though some of these residents may live in Will County, IL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Will County, IL, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (47,472 people), Manufacturing (40,507 people), and Retail Trade (38,174 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Will County, IL has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.75 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.4 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Will County, IL, by median earnings, are Utilities ($103,750), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($79,681), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($77,847).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Illinois to other states, or from other states to Illinois.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $82.9B

  2. $78.3B

  3. $75B

In 2015, the top outbound Illinois product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $82.9B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($78.3B) and Gasoline ($75B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Illinois products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$952B

2020 Value

$1.31T

Projected 2045 Value

37.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Illinois trade was $952B. This is expected to increase 37.7% to $1.31T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Illinois trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Illinois to other states, or from other states to Illinois.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $69.2B

  2. $54.7B

  3. $36.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Illinois domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Indiana with $69.2B, followed by Wisconsin with $54.7B and Michigan and $36.3B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Illinois shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.7% of the population of Will County, IL has health coverage, with 62.9% on employee plans, 12.1% on Medicaid, 10.1% on Medicare, 9.04% on non-group plans, and 0.537% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Will County, IL was $8,262 in 2014. This is a 4.44% increase from the previous year ($7,911).

Primary care physicians in Will County, IL see 1799 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.81% increase from the previous year (1767 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1864 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1123 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Stephenson County and St. Clair County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.7%). Additionally, Stephenson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (35.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,799 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Will County, IL see an average of 1,799 patients per year. This represents a 1.81% increase from the previous year (1,767 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Will County, IL in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,262

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,875

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$4,959

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,116

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Illinois (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.44%, from $7,911 to $8,262.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.31%

Uninsured

62.9%

Employer Coverage

12.1%

Medicaid

10.1%

Medicare

9.04%

Non-Group

0.537%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Will County, IL grew by 11% from 4.78% to 5.31%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Will County, IL changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.7% prevalence

  2. 12.7% prevalence

  3. 12% prevalence

Stephenson County and St. Clair County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Illinois, at 12.7%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Illinois by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Will County, IL is home to a population of 692k people, from which 94.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 11.9% of Will County, IL residents were born outside of the country (82.4k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Will County, IL is composed of 435k White Alone residents (62.8%), 124k Hispanic or Latino residents (17.8%), 74.6k Black or African American Alone residents (10.8%), 35.6k Asian Alone residents (5.15%), 21.6k Two or More Races residents (3.12%), 1.28k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.185%), 372 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0537%), and 328 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0474%).

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.7

In 2018, the median age of all people in Will County, IL was 38.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Will County, IL are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Will County, IL residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

11.9%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

82.4k people

11.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

80.5k people

As of 2017, 11.9% of Will County, IL residents (82.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Will County, IL was 11.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    642,065 ± 19,171 people

  2. India

    174,548 ± 10,187 people

  3. Poland

    126,880 ± 8,702 people

In 2018, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Illinois was Mexico, the natal country of 642,065 Illinois residents, followed by India with 174,548 and Poland with 126,880.

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Citizenship

94.5%

2018 Citizenship

94%

2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 94.5% of Will County, IL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Will County, IL was 94%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    435k ± 671

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    124k ± 10.4k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    74.6k ± 2.76k

In 2018, there were 3.52 times more White Alone residents (435k people) in Will County, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 124k Hispanic or Latino and 74.6k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Will County, IL as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    9,365 ± 1,067

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,039 ± 1,195

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    3,231 ± 948

Will County, IL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.86 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Will County, IL awarded 8,170 degrees. The student population of Will County, IL is skewed towards women, with 12,551 male students and 18,380 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Will County, IL are White (4,986 and 63.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1,227 and 15.7%), Black or African American (923 and 11.8%), and Unknown (297 and 3.8%).

The largest universities in Will County, IL by number of degrees awarded are Joliet Junior College (3,491 and 42.7%), Lewis University (1,908 and 23.4%), and Governors State University (1,643 and 20.1%).

The most popular majors in Will County, IL are General Studies (874 and 10.7%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (826 and 10.1%), and Registered Nursing (550 and 6.73%).

The median tuition costs in Will County, IL are $31,125 for private four year colleges, and $9,390 and $18,780 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 339 degrees awarded

  2. 207 degrees awarded

  3. 192 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Will County, IL was Registered Nursing with 339 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Will County, IL according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,491 degrees awarded

  2. 1,908 degrees awarded

  3. 1,643 degrees awarded

$9,390

Median In-State Public

$31,125

Median Private

In 2017, the Will County, IL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Joliet Junior College with 3,491 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

3,228

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,942

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 3,228 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Will County, IL, which is 0.653 times less than the 4,942 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Will County, IL by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,986 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1,227 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    923 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Will County, IL were to White students. These 4,986 degrees mean that there were 4.06 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 1,227 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Will County, IL was $242,800 in 2018, which is 1.06 times larger than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $230,300 to $242,800, a 5.43% increase. The homeownership rate in Will County, IL is 80.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Will County, IL have an average commute time of 31.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Will County, IL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$242,800

2018 Median

± $4,005

$230,300

2017 Median

± $3,761

In 2018, the median property value in Will County, IL grew to to $242,800 from the previous year's value of $230,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Will County, IL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Will County, IL the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$85,818

Median Household Income

± $3,313

232k

Number of Households

± 6,894

In 2018, the median household income of the 232k households in Will County, IL grew to $85,818 from the previous year's value of $82,196.

The following chart displays the households in Will County, IL distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Will County, IL distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Will County, IL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

80.2%

2018 Homeownership

81.6%

2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 80.2% of the housing units in Will County, IL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 81.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Will County, IL compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

31.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Will County, IL have a longer commute time (31.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.11% of the workforce in Will County, IL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.5%

  2. Carpooled

    7.44%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.29%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Will County, IL was Drove Alone (81.5%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.44%) and those who Worked At Home (5.29%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Will County, IL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Will County, IL have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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