Will County, IL

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Population

692,661

0.454% growth

Median Age

37.6


Median Household Income

$82,196

0.931% growth

Poverty Rate

7.4%


Number of Employees

351,809

1.55% growth

Median Property Value

$230,300

2.54% growth

About

In 2017, Will County, IL had a population of 693k people with a median age of 37.6 and a median household income of $82,196. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Will County, IL grew from 689,529 to 692,661, a 0.454% increase and its median household income grew from $81,438 to $82,196, a 0.931% increase.

The population of Will County, IL is 63.6% White Alone, 17.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 11.1% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Will County, IL speak a non-English language, and 94% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Will County, IL are Joliet Junior College (2,472 degrees awarded in 2016), Lewis University (1,884 degrees), and Governors State University (1,721 degrees).

The median property value in Will County, IL is $230,300, and the homeownership rate is 81.6%. Most people in Will County, IL commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 31.9 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 352k people. The largest industries in Will County, IL are Health Care & Social Assistance (45,835 people), Retail Trade (41,111 people), and Manufacturing (36,146 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,433), Utilities ($81,940), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($76,250).

Median household income in Will County, IL is $82,196. Males in Will County, IL have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,388. The income inequality in Will County, IL (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$82,196

2017 value

± $2,399

0.931%

1 Year Growth

± 4.2%

Households in Will County, IL have a median annual income of $82,196, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $81,438 in 2016, which represents a 0.931% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$72,886

Average Male Salary

± $1,176

$53,388

Average Female Salary

± $853

In 2017, full-time male employees in Illinois made 1.37 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

    $69,071 ± $3,279

  2. White

    $57,857 ± $795

  3. Two or More Races

    $44,999 ± $4,016

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Illinois workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.19 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.

0.482

2017 Wage GINI

0.484

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Illinois was 0.482 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.488% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 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 8801.18

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Will County, IL was Census Tract 8803.12 with a value of $164,228, followed by Census Tract 8803.09 and Census Tract 8801.18, with respective values of $157,740 and $152,468.

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 13.4%. 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

352k

2017 Value

± 9,042

1.55%

1 Year growth

± 3.56%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Will County, IL grew at a rate of 1.55%, from 346k employees to 352k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Will County, IL, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (49,691 people), Sales & Related Occupations (37,956 people), and Management Occupations (35,918 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 (49,691 people), Sales & Related Occupations (37,956 people), and Management Occupations (35,918 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Will County, IL has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.77 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.66 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Will County, IL, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($90,400), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($86,763), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($83,353).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

352k

2017 Value

± 9,042

1.55%

1 Year growth

± 3.56%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Will County, IL grew at a rate of 1.55%, from 346k employees to 352k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Will County, IL, are Health Care & Social Assistance (45,835 people), Retail Trade (41,111 people), and Manufacturing (36,146 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 (45,835 people), Retail Trade (41,111 people), and Manufacturing (36,146 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Will County, IL has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (1.79 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.53 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.25 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Will County, IL, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,433), Utilities ($81,940), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($76,250).

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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. $76.6B

  2. $75B

  3. $66.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Illinois product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $76.6B, followed by Gasoline ($75B) and Pharmaceuticals ($66.8B).

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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$871B

2015 Value

$1.31T

Projected 2045 Value

50.5% growth

In 2015, total outbound Illinois trade was $871B. This is expected to increase 50.5% 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. $63.2B

  2. $48.1B

  3. $32.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Illinois domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Indiana with $63.2B, followed by Wisconsin with $48.1B and Michigan and $32.6B.

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 693k people, from which 94% 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 440k White Alone residents (63.6%), 121k Hispanic or Latino residents (17.5%), 77k Black or African American Alone residents (11.1%), 38.9k Asian Alone residents (5.62%), 14.3k Two or More Races residents (2.07%), 688 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0993%), 209 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0302%), and 176 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0254%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Will County, IL are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

45

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Will County, IL was 37.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 45. But people in Will County, IL are getting getting younger. In 2016, 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

    659,035 ± 19,411 people

  2. India

    155,935 ± 9,636 people

  3. Poland

    133,637 ± 8,928 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Illinois was Mexico, the natal country of 659,035 Illinois residents, followed by India with 155,935 and Poland with 133,637.

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Citizenship

94%

2017 Citizenship

94.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94% of Will County, IL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Will County, IL was 94.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    440k ± 373

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    121k ± 9.07k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    77k ± 2.26k

In 2017, there were 3.63 times more White Alone residents (440k people) in Will County, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 121k Hispanic or Latino and 77k 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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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Will County, IL citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Will County, IL was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Will County, IL are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    11,437 ± 1,355

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    4,650 ± 1,382

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    4,449 ± 1,200

Will County, IL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.46 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Will County, IL awarded 7,103 degrees. The student population of Will County, IL is skewed towards women, with 12,861 male students and 18,952 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Will County, IL are White (4,368 and 63.6%), followed by Black or African American (981 and 14.3%), Hispanic or Latino (901 and 13.1%), and Unknown (277 and 4.03%).

The largest universities in Will County, IL by number of degrees awarded are Joliet Junior College (2,472 and 34.8%), Lewis University (1,884 and 26.5%), and Governors State University (1,721 and 24.2%).

The most popular majors in Will County, IL are Liberal Arts & Sciences (818 and 11.5%), Registered Nursing (552 and 7.77%), and General Business Administration & Management (372 and 5.24%).

The median tuition costs in Will County, IL are $30,235 for private four year colleges, and $8,160 and $16,320 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 351 degrees awarded

  2. 233 degrees awarded

  3. 231 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Will County, IL was Registered Nursing with 351 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. 2,472 degrees awarded

  2. 1,884 degrees awarded

  3. 1,721 degrees awarded

$8,160

Median In-State Public

$30,235

Median Private

In 2016, the Will County, IL institution with the largest number of graduating students was Joliet Junior College with 2,472 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,587

Degrees Awarded to Men

4,516

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,587 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Will County, IL, which is 0.573 times less than the 4,516 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    4,368 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    981 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    901 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Will County, IL were to White students. These 4,368 degrees mean that there were 4.45 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 981 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Will County, IL was $230,300 in 2017, which is 1.06 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $224,600 to $230,300, a 2.54% increase. The homeownership rate in Will County, IL is 81.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Will County, IL have an average commute time of 31.9 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.

Income

Household Income

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$82,196

Median Household Income

± $2,399

228k

Number of Households

± 7,264

In 2017, the median household income of the 228k households in Will County, IL grew to $82,196 from the previous year's value of $81,438.

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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Housing

Property Value

$230,300

2017 Median

± $3,761

$224,600

2016 Median

± $4,017

In 2017, the median property value in Will County, IL grew to to $230,300 from the previous year's value of $224,600.

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 $300k - $400k 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

81.6%

2017 Homeownership

80.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 81.6% of the housing units in Will County, IL were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 80.6%.

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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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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Commute Time

31.9 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Will County, IL have a longer commute time (31.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 4.29% 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

    85.5%

  2. Carpooled

    5.29%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.45%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Will County, IL was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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