The 10 Illinois Cities With The Largest Latino Population For 2021


We scoured the internet to determine the towns and cities in Illinois that have the largest Hispanic/Latino population in 2021.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our third time ranking the cities in Illinois with the largest Hispanic/Latino population.

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The Latino and Hispanic community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

According to the most recent American Community Survey, there are now some 6.3M more Hispanics living in America than in 2010.

That's the largest absolute growth and a 14.9% increase. The percentage growth is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census's race and ethnicity definition.

But how has the increase impacted Illinois? Where cities and towns in Illinois have seen the greatest increase in it's Hispanic population?

Turns out there's been a 12.7% increase in the Hispanic population in Illinois.

The 10 Cities In Illinois With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2021

  1. Cicero
  2. Melrose Park
  3. Summit
  4. Park City
  5. Berwyn
  6. Northlake
  7. Stickney
  8. Posen
  9. Waukegan
  10. West Chicago

What's the city in Illinois with the largest hispanic/latino population? Cicero took the number one over all spot for the largest Hispanic population in Illinois for 2021.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Illinois ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Hispanic, check out the best places to live in Illinois or the safest places in Illinois.

Cicero, IL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 82,330
% Hispanic/Latino: 89.7%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 73,846
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.22%
More on Cicero: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Melrose Park, IL

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7
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Population: 25,605
% Hispanic/Latino: 75.21%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 19,258
Percent Change Since 2010: 11.75%
More on Melrose Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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5
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Population: 11,260
% Hispanic/Latino: 74.36%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 8,373
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.31%
More on Summit: Real Estate | Data

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5
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Population: 7,396
% Hispanic/Latino: 69.38%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 5,131
Percent Change Since 2010: 23.52%
More on Park City: Real Estate | Data

Berwyn, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 55,407
% Hispanic/Latino: 64.66%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 35,824
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.7%
More on Berwyn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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6
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Population: 12,290
% Hispanic/Latino: 62.67%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 7,702
Percent Change Since 2010: 20.53%
More on Northlake: Real Estate | Data

Stickney, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 6,679
% Hispanic/Latino: 61.42%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 4,102
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.55%
More on Stickney: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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6
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Population: 6,149
% Hispanic/Latino: 57.52%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 3,537
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.55%
More on Posen: Real Estate | Data

Waukegan, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 87,297
% Hispanic/Latino: 55.61%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 48,550
Percent Change Since 2010: 4.13%
More on Waukegan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

West Chicago, IL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 27,180
% Hispanic/Latino: 52.88%
# Of Hispanic/Latino Residents: 14,374
Percent Change Since 2010: 13.35%
More on West Chicago: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In Illinois With The Largest Hispanic Population For 2021

We still believe in the accuracy of data -- especially from the census. So that's where we went to get the breakdown of race across Illinois.

That lead us to the Census's most recently available data, the 2015-2019 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Hispanic or Latino.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 330 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Hispanic or Latino. The percentages ranked from 89.7% to 0.3%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Hispanic or Latino population with a higher score being more Hispanic or Latino than a lower score. Cicero took the distinction of being the most Hispanic or Latino, while Geneseo was the least Hispanic or Latino city. You can download the data here.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Illinois ranked by population of Hispanic or Latino residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

There You Have It - Hispanic or Latino Populations Across Illinois

If you're looking for a breakdown of Latino populations across Illinois according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the least Hispanic or Latino places in Illinois:

  1. Geneseo
  2. Fairfield
  3. Pana

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Hispanic Cities In Illinois

Rank City % Hispanic Population
1 Cicero 89.7% 82,330
2 Melrose Park 75.21% 25,605
3 Summit 74.36% 11,260
4 Park City 69.38% 7,396
5 Berwyn 64.66% 55,407
6 Northlake 62.67% 12,290
7 Stickney 61.42% 6,679
8 Posen 57.52% 6,149
9 Waukegan 55.61% 87,297
10 West Chicago 52.88% 27,180
11 Lyons 51.75% 10,470
12 Highwood 50.77% 5,310
13 Carpentersville 49.75% 37,872
14 Bensenville 49.32% 18,281
15 Round Lake Beach 49.08% 27,507
16 Harvard 48.31% 9,281
17 Franklin Park 47.84% 17,956
18 Blue Island 47.04% 22,611
19 Elgin 45.7% 112,653
20 Aurora 43.38% 199,927
21 Round Lake Park 41.42% 7,817
22 Addison 40.38% 36,896
23 Chicago Heights 38.69% 29,856
24 Hanover Park 38.08% 37,984
25 Berkeley 37.53% 5,116
26 Romeoville 37.16% 39,666
27 Hillside 36.55% 8,080
28 Beardstown 36.34% 5,682
29 Streamwood 36.06% 39,809
30 Prospect Heights 36.06% 16,137
31 Beach Park 35.76% 13,181
32 Belvidere 34.92% 25,027
33 Burbank 33.8% 28,729
34 Mendota 33.78% 7,057
35 North Chicago 33.17% 29,971
36 Glendale Heights 31.83% 34,079
37 River Grove 31.73% 10,076
38 Plano 31.65% 11,752
39 Mundelein 31.63% 31,587
40 Elmwood Park 31.3% 24,468
41 Joliet 30.99% 147,826
42 Montgomery 30.33% 19,213
43 Schiller Park 29.83% 11,621
44 Wheeling 29.8% 38,499
45 Chicago 28.79% 2,709,534
46 Zion 28.41% 23,858
47 North Riverside 28.35% 6,646
48 Sterling 27.22% 14,782
49 Maywood 26.86% 23,578
50 Rolling Meadows 26.46% 23,219
51 Bolingbrook 25.42% 74,431
52 Countryside 25.33% 5,961
53 Midlothian 25.21% 14,595
54 Harvey 25.14% 24,386
55 Round Lake 25.06% 18,349
56 Rochelle 24.68% 9,160
57 Villa Park 23.99% 21,916
58 Wood Dale 23.6% 13,796
59 Alsip 23.12% 19,022
60 Wauconda 23.08% 13,655
61 Brookfield 22.88% 18,735
62 Bridgeview 22.79% 16,124
63 Oak Lawn 22.03% 55,936
64 Woodstock 21.42% 25,348
65 Westchester 20.77% 16,440
66 Palatine 20.46% 68,407
67 Genoa 19.96% 5,220
68 Des Plaines 19.19% 58,673
69 East Moline 19.09% 20,916
70 Crest Hill 19.03% 20,550
71 Gilberts 18.66% 7,823
72 Hoffman Estates 18.64% 50,841
73 Bellwood 18.59% 18,996
74 Kankakee 18.5% 25,830
75 Rockford 18.42% 147,070
76 Hickory Hills 17.89% 13,816
77 Moline 17.68% 41,920
78 Spring Valley 17.67% 5,223
79 Warrenville 17.62% 13,158
80 South Elgin 17.51% 23,039
81 Marengo 17.46% 7,969
82 Oswego 17.06% 34,933
83 Steger 16.99% 9,366
84 Lasalle 16.85% 9,147
85 Lansing 16.73% 27,904
86 Rock Falls 16.67% 8,952
87 Riverside 16.38% 8,759
88 Silvis 16.38% 7,497
89 Justice 16.03% 12,800
90 Harwood Heights 15.92% 8,487
91 Elburn 15.81% 5,629
92 Calumet City 15.63% 36,551
93 Carol Stream 15.55% 39,726
94 Minooka 15.43% 11,094
95 Mount Prospect 15.26% 54,604
96 North Aurora 15.21% 17,752
97 Oak Forest 15.08% 27,617
98 Vernon Hills 14.94% 26,343
99 Mchenry 14.94% 26,813
100 Westmont 14.72% 24,931

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