Demographics & Facts
Will County Facts
- Will County, covering 850 square miles, is one of 102 counties in Illinois. It is part of the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area. (Bureau of Economic Analysis)
- The County's population more than doubled (adding 349,049 residents) between 1985 and 2010, increasing from 328,511 to 677,560. As of 2019, the County's population is 690,743. (US Census Bureau)
- The U.S. Census Bureau lists Will County as one of the 100 largest counties by population in the nation, and the 4th most populous county in Illinois.
- The median family income is $90,134, sixth highest in Illinois (US Census 2019)
- The median home value is $242,285. (Zillow, Dec. 2020)
- In 2019, Will County had a per capita personal income of $53,895, an increase of 3.2% from the previous year. (Federal Reserve Economic Data)
- Between 2000 and 2020, the County added 66,915 single-family housing units. (US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development)
- There are 15,093 businesses in the County that employ over 248,575 people.
- The total amount of industrial square footage is more than 200 million square feet within 2,000+ buildings. (Costar)
- From 2015 to 2020, jobs increased by 10.2% in Will County from 243,982 to 268,839. This change outpaced the national growth rate of 3.1% by 7.1%. As the number of jobs increased, the labor force participation rate decreased from 66.3% to 59.9% between 2015 and 2020.
- In 2019, 34.3% of the population age 25+ had a bachelor's degree or higher. (US Census)
- Will County is home to a number of higher education institutions: DeVry University, Governors State University, Joliet Junior College, Lewis University, Rasmussen University and University of Saint Francis.