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28% of all residents (and 33% of children) live below the poverty line.
55% of households report speaking a language other than English at home.
52% of Waukegan kindergarteners are not ready to start school, and only 15% of students district-wide are ready for the next grade level.
23% of residents under the age of 65 do not have health insurance.
Waukegan residents have less disposable income for recreational and enrichment activities: for reading, 24 points below the national average; for AV entertainment, 19 points below; for recreation, 18 points below.
Only 24% of WHS students are ready for college. The 4-year high school graduation rate of 74% is 13 points lower than the national average. Only 47% of graduating seniors will enroll in post-secondary education within 12 months of graduation.
As of 2017, Waukegan's unemployment rate was 7.9%.