Watseka, Iroquois County, Illinois

Watseka: City in and county seat of Iroquois County, Illinois, United States

About

Watseka is a city located in the county of Iroquois in the U.S. state of Illinois. Its population at the 2010 census was 5,255 and a population density of 659 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 city had an estimated population of 4,694 inhabitants.

The city was created 179 years ago in 1842.

Quick Facts about Watseka

Population : 4,694 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Illinois (United States)
County : Iroquois County
Postal code : 60970
Phone Area Codes : 815
Area : 7.97 km2
Altitude : 633 feet / 193 meters
Capital city : Watseka is capital of Iroquois County
Establishment : January 01, 1843 (179 years ago)
Time Zone : America/Chicago
Local time : 19:32:26 (28th November 2022)
Density : 589 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -11.95% (2010-2020)
Watseka locator map
Location of Watseka on Illinois map.
Old Iroquois County Courthouse image
Old Iroquois County Courthouse
Old Iroquois County Courthouse image

Geography

Watseka is located at 40°46'34"N 87°44'11"W (40.7761500, -87.7364200).

Watseka map

Demographics

According to census records, the population of Watseka decreased by 11.95% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 5,255 - census
2011 5,241 -0.27% estimation process
2012 5,198 -0.83% estimation process
2013 5,133 -1.27% estimation process
2014 5,085 -0.94% estimation process
2015 5,044 -0.81% estimation process
2016 4,976 -1.37% estimation process
2017 4,900 -1.55% estimation process
2018 4,839 -1.26% estimation process
2019 4,767 -1.51% estimation process
2020 4,694 -1.56% estimation process

Demographic Facts

Estimated population as of July 1, 2019 : 14,428
Based on demographic estimates as of April 1, 2010 : 14,799
Based on demographic estimates as of 1 April 2010 : -2.5%
April 1, 2020 Population : 14,004
April 1, 2010 Population : 14,799
People under 5 years old, percentage : 5.4%
People under 18 years old, percentage : 19.0%
People over 65 (%) : 18.5%
Female persons, % : 42.1%
White only, percent : 62.8%
Black or African American alone, percent : 33.2%
American Indian and Alaska Native only, % : 1.1%
Asians alone % : 0.8%
Only Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, % : Z
% of people who have participated in two or more races : 2.1%
% of Hispanic or Latino : 9.8%
White people, not Hispanic or Latino people, make up the majority of the population. : 54.7%
2015-2019 Veterans : 962
Percentage of foreign-born people, 2015-2019 : 4.2%
Residential units, July 1, 2019 : 5,845

Watseka zip code is 60970. County name: Iroquois, County fips: 17075

South Middleport, Votsika, Watseka, watska, Вотсика, واتسكا, واتسه‌کا، ایلینوی, واٹسکا، الینوائے

Economic Facts

Residential units, July 1, 2019 : 5,845
Rate of owner-occupied housing units, 2015-2019 : 67.9%
Owner-occupied housing unit median value, 2015-2019 : $80,100
From 2015 to 2019, the median selected monthly owner costs - with a mortgage : $993
Monthly owner costs, without a mortgage, at the median, 2015-2019 : $308
2015-2019 median gross rent : $604
Permits for construction, 2020 : 22
2015-2019 Households : 4,381
Population per household, 2015-2019 : 2.51
Living in the same house a year ago, percentage of people aged one year and up, 2015-2019 : 83.7%
Languages other than English spoken at home, as a percentage of people aged 5 and up, 2015-2019 : 10.1%
Households with computers, %, 2015-2019 : 79.5%
Percentage of households with a broadband Internet subscription, 2015-2019 : 64.9%
Percentage of people aged 25 and up with a high school diploma or higher, 2015-2019 : 73.0%
Bachelor's degree or higher, proportion of people aged 25 and up, 2015-2019 : 7.9%
Percentage of people under the age of 65 who have a disability, 2015-2019 : 17.3%
Persons under the age of 65 who do not have health insurance, as a percentage : 15.2%
Total civilian labor force, percent of population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 35.8%
Female labor force participation in the civilian labor force, as a percentage of the population aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 43.2%
Total sales of lodging and food services in 2012 ($1,000) : 6,056
2012 total retail sales ($1,000) : 78,296
2012 total retail sales per capita : $5,323
Mean commute time to work (in minutes), workers aged 16 and up, 2015-2019 : 22.3
2015-2019 median household income (in 2019 dollars) : $38,569
Income per capita in the previous 12 months (in 2019 dollars), 2015-2019 : $16,136
Percentage of people living in poverty : 32.5%
Total number of employer establishments, 2019 : 169
2019 total employment : 1,696
2019 total annual payroll ($1,000) : 81,378
Total employment, change in percentage terms, 2018-2019 : -5.4%
2018 total non-employer establishments : 626
Total number of businesses in 2012 : 521
Men-owned businesses in 2012 : 229
Women-owned businesses in 2012 : 255
Minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 144
Non-minority-owned businesses in 2012 : 354
Veteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 41
Nonveteran-owned businesses in 2012 : 457
2010 population per square mile : 28.8
2010 land area in square miles : 513.79

People born in Watseka (18)

People born in Watseka, including writer P. C. Cast, German actress Fern Andra, architect Henry Bacon, .

List

  • Rex Everhart (American actor, singer (1920-2000)) he was born in 13/06/1920
  • Vaughn Walker (American judge) he was born in 01/01/1944
  • Curtis Painter (American football player) he was born in 24/06/1985
  • Craig Calhoun (American sociologist) he was born in 16/06/1952
  • Gordie Windhorn (American baseball player) he was born in 19/12/1933
  • Harold Reetz (American agronomist) he was born in 01/01/1948
  • Johnny Matson (American psychologist) he was born in 23/06/1951
  • Mary Margaret Whipple (Democrat politician from Northern Virginia, US) she was born in 26/05/1940
  • Sam Campbell (American writer, lecturer and photographer) he was born in 01/08/1895
  • Fred Bechly (American electrical engineer) he was born in 08/05/1924
  • Josh Harms (Illinois politician) he was born in 31/03/1974
  • Stephen L. Brock (philosopher) he was born in 26/04/1957
  • Cary Ann Bechly (American lawyer) she was born in 07/01/1914
  • Dan Smiley Bechly (Civil Engineer) he was born in 23/07/1922
  • Maude Martin Evers (American artist and illustrator) she was born in 07/02/1892

Schools in Watseka

College & universities near Watseka, IL

Code Name City ZIP
146348 Kankakee Community College Kankakee (IL) 60901

Stations (21)

Amtrak & bus stations near Watseka, IL

Code Name Address Type
GLM Gilman US Hwy 24 & West Wenona St. RAIL
KKI Kankakee 199 South East Ave. RAIL
REN Rensselaer 619 North Cullen Street RAIL
RTL Rantoul West Sangamon and North Kentucky Aves. RAIL
DWT Dwight station 119 West Main St. RAIL

Post offices near Watseka

Post Office Name City ZIP
Watseka Post Office Watseka (IL) 60970

Other cities in Iroquois County

Cities, Towns, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in Iroquois County , IL. (more)

City Name Population Title
Gilman 1,625 Human settlement in Iroquois County, Illinois, United States of America
Hallock 1,532 Township in Peoria County, Illinois
Clifton 1,297 Village in Chebanse Township, Iroquois County, Illinois, USA
Onarga 1,241 Village in Iroquois County, Illinois, United States of America
Milford 1,155 Village in Milford Township, Iroquois County, Illinois, United States of America
Sheldon 935 Human settlement in Iroquois County, Illinois, United States of America
Cissna Park 771 Village in Pigeon Grove Township, Iroquois County, Illinois, United States
Ashkum 710 Township in Iroquois County, Illinois
Crescent City 547 Village in Illinois, United States
Danforth 542 Township in Iroquois County, Illinois
Buckley 528 Human settlement in Iroquois County, Illinois, United States of America
Loda 396 Township in Iroquois County, Illinois
Martinton 338 Township in Iroquois County, Illinois
Fountain Creek 327 Township in Iroquois County, Illinois
Beaverville 319 Township in Iroquois County, Illinois
Woodland 287 Town in Iroquois County, Illinois, United States

Distance to Other Cities

Watseka distances to largest Illinois cities