Lee County, IL

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2021 Population
34,373
0.494% 1-year growth
US Senator
Dick Durbin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tammy Duckworth
Democratic Party
2021 Median Age
42.8
1.61% 1-year decrease
2021 Poverty Rate
12%
0.514% 1-year decrease
2021 Median Household Income
$62,250
3.77% 1-year growth
2021 Median Property Value
$127,700
4.16% 1-year growth
2021 Employed Population
15,221
1.08% 1-year growth

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In 2021, Lee County, IL had a population of 34.4k people with a median age of 42.8 and a median household income of $62,250. Between 2020 and 2021 the population of Lee County, IL grew from 34,204 to 34,373, a 0.494% increase and its median household income grew from $59,986 to $62,250, a 3.77% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, IL are White (Non-Hispanic) (85.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.38%), White (Hispanic) (3.5%), Two+ (Hispanic) (2.19%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.63%).

None of the households in Lee County, IL reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.6% of the residents in Lee County, IL are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lee County, IL are Sauk Valley Community College (626 degrees awarded in 2021).

In 2021, the median property value in Lee County, IL was $127,700, and the homeownership rate was 71.7%.

Most people in Lee County, IL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Lee County, IL was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

Lee County, IL is home to a population of 34.4k people, from which 98.6% are citizens. As of 2021, 2.54% of Lee County, IL residents were born outside of the country (872 people).

In 2021, there were 15.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (29.4k people) in Lee County, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.85k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.2k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.6%
2021 Citizenship
98.6%
2020 Citizenship

As of 2021, 98.6% of Lee County, IL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2020, the percentage of US citizens in Lee County, IL was 98.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lee County, IL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    29.4k ± 30
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.85k ± 154
  3. White (Hispanic)
    1.2k ± 197
6.64%
Hispanic Population
2.28k people

In 2021, there were 15.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (29.4k people) in Lee County, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.85k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.2k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

6.64% of the people in Lee County, IL are hispanic (2.28k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Lee County, IL as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    630,004 ± 19,002 people
  2. India
    162,094 ± 9,822 people
  3. Poland
    126,931 ± 8,704 people

In 2021, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Illinois was Mexico, the natal country of 630,004 Illinois residents, followed by India with 162,094 and Poland with 126,931.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.54%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
872 people
2.78%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
950 people

As of 2021, 2.54% of Lee County, IL residents (872 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2020, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lee County, IL was 2.78%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    716 ± 144
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    249 ± 93
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    205 ± 71

Lee County, IL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.88 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of Lee County, IL employs 15.2k people. The largest industries in Lee County, IL are Manufacturing (2,685 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,617 people), and Retail Trade (1,297 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($64,018), Construction ($56,923), and Public Administration ($55,544).

Males in Illinois have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $61,278. The income inequality in Illinois (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is higher than than the national average.

Occupations

15.2k
2021 Value
± 782
1.08%
1 Year growth
± 7.17%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Lee County, IL grew at a rate of 1.08%, from 15.1k employees to 15.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lee County, IL, are Production Occupations (1,518 people), Management Occupations (1,516 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,417 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lee County, IL.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

15.2k
2021 Value
± 782
1.08%
1 Year growth
± 7.17%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in Lee County, IL grew at a rate of 1.08%, from 15.1k employees to 15.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lee County, IL, are Manufacturing (2,685 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,617 people), and Retail Trade (1,297 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lee County, IL, though some of these residents may live in Lee County, IL and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$50,485
Median earning men ± $2,127
$29,348
Median earning women ± $2,007

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2021 are Public Administration ($71,000), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($67,208), and Information ($67,000).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2021 are Construction ($92,614), Public Administration ($53,212), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($47,222).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.75%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 155M people employed in Illinois. This represents a 2.75% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Illinois.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 199
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 199
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 159
    Manufacturing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $576k
    Manufacturing
  2. $137k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $52.6k
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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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. $134B
  2. $110B
  3. $86.9B

In 2020, the top outbound Illinois product (by dollars) was Electronics with $134B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($110B) and Mixed freight ($86.9B).

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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$1T
2020 Value in Illinois
$1.94T
Projected 2050 Value in Illinois
93.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Illinois trade was $1T. This is expected to increase 93.1% to $1.94T by 2050.

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. $79.7B
  2. $55.8B
  3. $41.4B

In 2020, the top outbound Illinois domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Indiana with $79.7B, followed by Wisconsin with $55.8B and Michigan and $41.4B.

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

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In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Lee County, IL went to Donald J. Trump with 58.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.4%).

Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are the senators currently representing the state of Illinois. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Illinois is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Illinois

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Dick Durbin
Senator from Illinois2
Assumed office on January 3, 1997
Tammy Duckworth
Senator from Illinois3
Assumed office on January 3, 2017

Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth are the senators currently representing Illinois.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Illinois over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Illinois

Illinois is currently represented by 17 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Illinois have changed over time starting in 2008.

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In 2021, universities in Lee County, IL awarded 626 degrees. The student population of Lee County, IL in 2021 is skewed towards women, with 539 male students and 839 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lee County, IL are White (498 and 79.8%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (89 and 14.3%), Black or African American (15 and 2.4%), and Unknown (12 and 1.92%).

The largest universities in Lee County, IL by number of degrees awarded are Sauk Valley Community College (626 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lee County, IL are Liberal Arts & Sciences (250 and 39.9%), Nursing Assistant & Patient Care Assistant (112 and 17.9%), and Welding Technology (70 and 11.2%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2021 there were 1,378 students enrolled in Lee County, IL, 39.1% men and 60.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,047 records, of which 61.2% were women and 38.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 124 degrees awarded
  2. 35 degrees awarded
  3. 19 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Lee County, IL was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 124 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
626 degrees awarded

In 2021, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Sauk Valley Community College with 626 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2021, 240 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Lee County, IL, which is 0.622 times less than the 386 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2021 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 498 degrees mean that there were 5.6 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 89 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($10,800) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2021.

Public, 2-year ($780) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2021.

Public, 2-year ($1,460) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2021, 0.977% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.946% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2021 were High School or Equivalent (2.61M), Some college (2.19M), and Bachelors Degree (2.07M).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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The median property value in Lee County, IL was $127,700 in 2021, which is 0.521 times smaller than the national average of $244,900. Between 2020 and 2021 the median property value increased from $122,600 to $127,700, a 4.16% increase. The homeownership rate in Lee County, IL is 71.7%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.6%.

People in Lee County, IL have an average commute time of 24.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lee County, IL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Lee County, IL is $62,250. In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lee County, IL was Census Tract 2 with a value of $76,765, followed by Census Tract 7 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $69,784 and $69,730.

In 2022, 10.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lee County, IL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.84%.

Property

$127,700
Median Property Value 2021
±$7,924
$9,688
Median Property Taxes
±$566

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lee County, IL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Lee County, IL compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

71.7%
Homeownership
2021
63.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2021

In 2021, 71.7% of the housing units in Lee County, IL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.6%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 2
  2. Census Tract 7
  3. Census Tract 1

In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lee County, IL was Census Tract 2 with a value of $76,765, followed by Census Tract 7 and Census Tract 1, with respective values of $69,784 and $69,730.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$62,250
Median Household Income
± $2,685
13.5k
Number of Households
± 731

In 2021, the median household income of the 13.5k households in Lee County, IL grew to $62,250 from the previous year's value of $59,986.

The following chart displays the households in Lee 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lee County, IL is from Illinois.
0.478
2021 Wage GINI in Illinois
0.479
2020 Wage GINI in Illinois

In 2021, the income inequality in Illinois was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0522% decline from 2020 to 2021, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Illinois was higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Illinois in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2021
  1. Drove Alone (84.3%)
  2. Carpooled (8.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.84%)

In 2021, 84.3% of workers in Lee County, IL drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.8%) and those who worked at home (3.84%).

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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Commute Time

24.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lee County, IL have a shorter commute time (24.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.8 minutes). Additionally, 3.53% of the workforce in Lee County, IL have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 10.3% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Lee County, IL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.84%.

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Poverty & Diversity

12% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lee County, IL (3.73k out of 31.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.6%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lee 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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 12.7% of the children was living in poverty in Lee County, IL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 4.1%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 142 in Lee County, IL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 60.6 per 100,000 population.

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96.2% of the population of Lee County, IL has health coverage, with 53.1% on employee plans, 14.3% on Medicaid, 16.2% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 1.14% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Lee County, IL see 1482 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.93% increase from the previous year (1426 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2103 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 162 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,482 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lee County, IL

Primary care physicians in Lee County, IL see an average of 1,482 patients per year. This represents a 3.93% increase from the previous year (1,426 patients).

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

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Health Care Diversity

In 2021, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 23.1% under 18 years, 17.7% between 18 and 34 years, 39.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.5% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.5% were men and 51.5% were women.

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Uninsured People

3.81%
Uninsured
53.1%
Employer Coverage
14.3%
Medicaid
16.2%
Medicare
11.5%
Non-Group
1.14%
Military or VA

Between 2020 and 2021, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lee County, IL grew by 4.49% from 3.64% to 3.81%.

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

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was N/A in Lee County, IL.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 35.8% in Lee County, IL.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 6.25% in Lee County, IL.

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