A+ Waukegan Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C- Waukegan Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Illinois
973% less expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Waukegan cost of living
C- Waukegan Crime Total crime is 68% lower than Illinois
Total crime
74471% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 13571% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-76%Year over year crime is down
Waukegan crime
F Waukegan Employment Household income is 21% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$46,80215% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,84430% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%48% higher than the US average
Waukegan employment
B+ Waukegan Housing Home value is 32% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$118,60036% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9005% lower than the US average
Home ownership
47%27% lower than the US average
Waukegan real estate or Waukegan rentals
F Waukegan Schools HS graduation rate is 22% lower than Illinois
High school grad. rates
66%20% lower than the US average
School test scores
15%69% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:136% higher than the US average
Waukegan K-12 schools or Waukegan colleges

Living in Waukegan, IL

Waukegan is a mid-sized city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 88,159 inhabitants. Waukegan has a population density of 3,634 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. More than a quarter of the residents of Waukegan identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 50% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language. Waukegan could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 31 years old is below the nation’s average.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Waukegan could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Illinois if you know where to look. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, education, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Waukegan and in the areas around Waukegan is a much easier task.

With a livability score of 64 out of 100, Waukegan is ranked #19,435 in the United States and #728 in Illinois. For each of the livability categories, we know that Waukegan ranks very well for amenities (A+) and housing (B+). On a more negative note, Waukegan does not have favorable ranks for the following: crime (F), weather (D-), education (F) and employment (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Waukegan on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Waukegan apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Waukegan is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Waukegan come in at $118,600, which is 32.2% lower than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Waukegan, the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 16.7% lower than the Illinois average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Waukegan will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Waukegan, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 8.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 11.8%.

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Waukegan is no good

I moved here for a short while and regretted it. The city is run down, very dirty, roads are filled with pot holes and they never seem to get fixed. Property taxes are to high here i would never buy a home here. the taxes here doesn't seem to go to anything important such as fixing the roads or keeping the crime low. Crime ridden city and I do not feel safe any time I am in this city. I would not recommend that anybody tries to enjoy the night life here it is unsafe. I had a friend go to a club in waukegan and almost got robbed. There are nothing positive to do in this city if you want to have some fun you will not have it here. The school system is among the worst in the area I would never enroll my child in a school in here. No good places to eat. The traffic is horrible people drive unsafe. If you are looking at waukegan keep looking this place is trash.
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Beware of Waukegan's Predator Style Traffic Enforcement via Video Cameras

I recently went to Waukegan to play in a basketball tournament. Waukegan has an outstanding basketball facility (the Field House). However, I must say that my initial fond memories of Waukegan have dimmed considerably over the past few weeks as I and several other attendees of the tournament have begun to receive traffic violation notices via mail. These traffic violations were generated by an apparently ubiquitous traffic video camera system operated by the city. This predator style of traffic law enforcement for minor violations directed at visitors is so reminiscent of “speed traps” that were once common in small backward towns in the Southern United States. As such, I have a lingering bad memory of Waukegan and would not willingly return there in the future.
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Waukegan, IL - A Lovely City on the Shore of Lake Michigan

My family visited Waukegan in July 2008 for my brother's graduation from the Great Lakes Naval Station. We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott. The hotel was clean and comfortable and located in a nice part of the city. The staff was very friendly and helpful. My only complaint is that there was a misunderstanding about the hot breakfast. I thought it was included with the stay, but there was a charge of $8.95 per person. The mistake may have very well been on my end. Either way, I'd suggest walking over to the Denny's next door for a cheaper and equal quality meal.

There are several things to do and attractions to see in the city of Waukegan. My husband and I strolled along Waukegan Harbor and watched the sailboats drifting by. I recommend the ice cream shop and the deli there in the harbor shops. It's hard to go wrong with ice cream! Even though I'm not a huge theme park person, we went to Six Flags Great America. There are more than enough rides to take up an entire day there. We had a great time celebrating my brother's graduation in Waukegan!
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