Waukegan is the largest city in and the county seat of Lake County, Illinois, United States. It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area, located approximately 45 miles north of Downtown Chicago. As of the 2013 census estimate, Waukegan had a population of 88,826, which makes it the ninth-largest city in Illinois by population. Waukegan is a blue collar town that formerly served as an important industrial hub within the Chicagoland area. Waukegan contains many international food eateries, which typically are Latin American, as Waukegan has a high Latin-American population. Waukegan also consists of many Afro-Cut shops as the city has a large African-American population as well, second only to its Latino community.
Waukegan is located at 42°22′13″N 87°52′16″W (42.3703140, -87.8711404). Waukegan is on the shore of Lake Michigan, about 8 miles (13 km) south of the border with Wisconsin and 40 miles (64 km) north of downtown Chicago, at an elevation of about 715 feet (218 m) above sea level. According to the 2010 census, Waukegan has a total area of 23.879 square miles (61.85 km²), of which 23.67 square miles (61.31 km²) (or 99.12%) is land and 0.209 square miles (0.54 km²) (or 0.88%) is water.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 89,078 people residing in the city. 53.4% of Waukegan's population was reported to have been Hispanic, or Latino, while 42% of Waukegan's population was reported to have been African-American, Asian, 1.2% Native American, 0.1% Pacific Islander, and 4.1% of two or more races. 53.4% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 5.3% were of German ancestry.
As of the census of 2016, there were 87,901 people, 27,787 households, and 19,450 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,475.0/km² (3,762.8/mi²). There were 29,243 housing units at an average density of 490.7/km² (1,270.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 30.92% White, 19.21% African American, 0.54% Native American, 3.58% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 22.96% from other races, and 3.50% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 44.818% of the population.
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