DeKalb County, IL

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2021 Population
100,922
3.51% 1-year decline
US Senator
Dick Durbin
Democratic Party
US Senator
Tammy Duckworth
Democratic Party
N/A Median Age
275.7
N/A 1-year N/A
2021 Poverty Rate
15.6%
2.37% 1-year decrease
2021 Median Household Income
$64,019
2.67% 1-year growth
2021 Median Property Value
$190,600
4.55% 1-year growth
2021 Employed Population
51,812
4.34% 1-year decline

About

In 2021, DeKalb County, IL had a population of 101k people with a median age of 276 and a median household income of $64,019. Between 2020 and 2021 the population of DeKalb County, IL declined from 104,588 to 100,922, a −3.51% decrease and its median household income grew from $62,353 to $64,019, a 2.67% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in DeKalb County, IL are White (Non-Hispanic) (75.4%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (7.6%), White (Hispanic) (5.71%), Other (Hispanic) (3.69%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.78%).

None of the households in DeKalb 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.

95.7% of the residents in DeKalb County, IL are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in DeKalb County, IL are Northern Illinois University (4,499 degrees awarded in 2021), Kishwaukee College (771 degrees), and Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology (38 degrees).

In 2021, the median property value in DeKalb County, IL was $190,600, and the homeownership rate was 57.8%.

Most people in DeKalb County, IL drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 26.7 minutes. The average car ownership in DeKalb County, IL was 2 cars per household.

geosearchPopulation & Diversity

DeKalb County, IL is home to a population of 101k people, from which 95.7% are citizens. As of 2021, 7.09% of DeKalb County, IL residents were born outside of the country (7.15k people).

In 2021, there were 9.92 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (76.1k people) in DeKalb County, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.67k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.77k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.7%
2021 Citizenship
96.1%
2020 Citizenship

As of 2021, 95.7% of DeKalb County, IL residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2020, the percentage of US citizens in DeKalb County, IL was 96.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in DeKalb County, IL
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    76.1k ± 129
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    7.67k ± 413
  3. White (Hispanic)
    5.77k ± 701
11.8%
Hispanic Population
11.9k people

In 2021, there were 9.92 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (76.1k people) in DeKalb County, IL than any other race or ethnicity. There were 7.67k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 5.77k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

11.8% of the people in DeKalb County, IL are hispanic (11.9k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in DeKalb 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

7.09%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
7.15k people
6.51%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
6.81k people

As of 2021, 7.09% of DeKalb County, IL residents (7.15k 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 DeKalb County, IL was 6.51%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,419 ± 229
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,090 ± 286
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    725 ± 162

DeKalb County, IL has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.3 times greater than any other conflict.

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briefcaseEconomy

The economy of DeKalb County, IL employs 51.8k people. The largest industries in DeKalb County, IL are Educational Services (7,119 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,059 people), and Retail Trade (6,050 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($217,679), Utilities ($76,928), and Public Administration ($60,600).

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

51.8k
2021 Value
± 1,855
−4.34%
1 Year decline
± 5.25%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in DeKalb County, IL declined at a rate of −4.34%, from 54.2k employees to 51.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in DeKalb County, IL, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,718 people), Sales & Related Occupations (5,132 people), and Management Occupations (4,450 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of DeKalb County, IL.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

51.8k
2021 Value
± 1,855
−4.34%
1 Year decline
± 5.25%

From 2020 to 2021, employment in DeKalb County, IL declined at a rate of −4.34%, from 54.2k employees to 51.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in DeKalb County, IL, are Educational Services (7,119 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (7,059 people), and Retail Trade (6,050 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of DeKalb County, IL, though some of these residents may live in DeKalb 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

$44,531
Median earning men ± $2,321
$26,707
Median earning women ± $1,442

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2021 are Public Administration ($91,875), Wholesale Trade ($59,458), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($58,485).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2021 are Public Administration ($43,162), Wholesale Trade ($42,297), and Construction ($41,375).

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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. 772
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 491
    Manufacturing
  3. 469
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $706k
    Manufacturing
  2. $405k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $205k
    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 DeKalb County, IL went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 51.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (45.8%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.64%).

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.

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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 DeKalb County, IL awarded 5,324 degrees. The student population of DeKalb County, IL in 2021 is skewed towards women, with 8,399 male students and 10,429 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in DeKalb County, IL are White (3,123 and 62.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (862 and 17.2%), Black or African American (499 and 9.94%), and Asian (320 and 6.37%).

The largest universities in DeKalb County, IL by number of degrees awarded are Northern Illinois University (4,499 and 84.5%), Kishwaukee College (771 and 14.5%), and Debutantes School of Cosmetology and Nail Technology (38 and 0.714%).

The most popular majors in DeKalb County, IL are Liberal Arts & Sciences (412 and 7.74%), Registered Nursing (241 and 4.53%), and General Psychology (225 and 4.23%).

The median tuition cost in DeKalb County, IL for a public four year colleges is $9,608 for in-state students and $9,608 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

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In 2021 in DeKalb County, IL, the percentage of applicants admitted was 70.4%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 14.4%. The number of students enrolled in 2021 was 18,828 (44.6% men and 55.4% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2021 there were 18,828 students enrolled in DeKalb County, IL, 44.6% men and 55.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 9,475 records, of which 54.4% were women and 45.6% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 189 degrees awarded
  2. 185 degrees awarded
  3. 164 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in DeKalb County, IL was General Psychology with 189 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 4,499 degrees awarded
  2. 771 degrees awarded
  3. 38 degrees awarded

In 2021, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Northern Illinois University with 4,499 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2021, 2,358 men were awarded degrees from institutions in DeKalb County, IL, which is 0.795 times less than the 2,966 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 3,123 degrees mean that there were 3.62 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 862 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($9,608) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2021.

Public, 4-year or above ($5,130) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2021.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,300) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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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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Race

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).

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homeHousing & Living

The median property value in DeKalb County, IL was $190,600 in 2021, which is 0.778 times smaller than the national average of $244,900. Between 2020 and 2021 the median property value increased from $182,300 to $190,600, a 4.55% increase. The homeownership rate in DeKalb County, IL is 57.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.6%.

People in DeKalb County, IL have an average commute time of 26.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in DeKalb County, IL is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in DeKalb County, IL is $64,019. In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in DeKalb County, IL was Census Tract 19 with a value of $89,432, followed by Census Tract 16 and Census Tract 3, with respective values of $89,130 and $86,786.

In 2022, 16.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in DeKalb County, IL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.61%.

Property

$190,600
Median Property Value 2021
±$3,889
$22,489
Median Property Taxes
±$830

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 DeKalb County, IL the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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

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Rent vs Own

57.8%
Homeownership
2021
61.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2021

In 2021, 57.8% of the housing units in DeKalb County, IL were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 57.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 19
  2. Census Tract 16
  3. Census Tract 3

In 2021, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in DeKalb County, IL was Census Tract 19 with a value of $89,432, followed by Census Tract 16 and Census Tract 3, with respective values of $89,130 and $86,786.

The following map shows all of the tracts in DeKalb 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.
$64,019
Median Household Income
± $2,005
38.9k
Number of Households
± 1,551

In 2021, the median household income of the 38.9k households in DeKalb County, IL grew to $64,019 from the previous year's value of $62,353.

The following chart displays the households in DeKalb 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 DeKalb 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 (78.6%)
  2. Carpooled (8.82%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.05%)

In 2021, 78.6% of workers in DeKalb County, IL drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.82%) and those who worked at home (6.05%).

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

26.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in DeKalb County, IL have a shorter commute time (26.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.8 minutes). Additionally, 3.04% of the workforce in DeKalb 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 DeKalb County, IL distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in DeKalb County, IL have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 16.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in DeKalb County, IL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.61%.

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Poverty & Diversity

15.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in DeKalb County, IL (15.1k out of 96.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.6%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

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, 11.2% of the children was living in poverty in DeKalb County, IL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 4.9%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 276 in DeKalb County, IL. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 44.9 per 100,000 population.

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pulseHealth

95.1% of the population of DeKalb County, IL has health coverage, with 55.5% on employee plans, 16.4% on Medicaid, 10.1% on Medicare, 12.4% on non-group plans, and 0.734% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in DeKalb County, IL see 3617 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.21% increase from the previous year (3471 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1537 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 351 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.1% were men and 50.9% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,617 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in DeKalb County, IL

Primary care physicians in DeKalb County, IL see an average of 3,617 patients per year. This represents a 4.21% increase from the previous year (3,471 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in DeKalb 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 24.3% under 18 years, 30.2% between 18 and 34 years, 33.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.1% were men and 50.9% were women.

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Uninsured People

4.85%
Uninsured
55.5%
Employer Coverage
16.4%
Medicaid
10.1%
Medicare
12.4%
Non-Group
0.734%
Military or VA

Between 2020 and 2021, the percent of uninsured citizens in DeKalb County, IL declined by 5.42% from 5.13% to 4.85%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 46.9 in DeKalb 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 DeKalb County, IL.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 7.52% in DeKalb County, IL.

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