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Arcola, IL

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Overview


Arcola is a very small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 2,923 people and just one neighborhood, Arcola is the 487th largest community in Illinois.

Occupations and Workforce

Arcola is a blue-collar town, with 43.88% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Arcola is a city of production and manufacturing workers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Arcola who work in office and administrative support (12.39%), management occupations (5.87%), and architecture and engineering (5.80%).

Setting & Lifestyle

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Arcola spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.35 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Arcola is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

Demographics

The percentage of adults in Arcola who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.82% of the adults in Arcola have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Arcola in 2018 was $24,928, which is low income relative to Illinois, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $99,712 for a family of four. However, Arcola contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Arcola is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Arcola home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Arcola residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Arcola also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 42.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Arcola include German, English, Scottish, Irish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Arcola is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

When you see a neighborhood for the first time, the most important thing is often the way it looks, like its homes and its setting. Some places look the same, but they only reveal their true character after living in them for a while because they contain a unique mix of occupational or cultural groups. This neighborhood is very unique in some important ways, according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive exploration and analysis.

Modes of Transportation

If your dream is to be able to ride your bike to work each day, look no further than this unique neighborhood. With 3.1% of residents in the neighborhood commuting on a bicycle to and from work daily, this neighborhood has more bicycle commuters than 95.8% of all neighborhoods in the U.S., according to NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis.

Occupations

NeighborhoodScout's exclusive research identifies the neighborhood as having one of the highest concentrations of people employed in manufacturing or as laborers of any neighborhood in America. In fact, despite the loss of manufacturing jobs nationally, this neighborhood has 42.7% of its working residents employed in such fields, which is a higher proportion than 95.8% of American neighborhoods.

Length of Commute

Regardless of the means by which residents commute, this neighborhood has a length of commute that is notable. Residents of the neighborhood have the pleasure of having one of the shortest commutes to work of any neighborhood in America. 58.6% of the residents have a commute time from home to work (one way) of less than fifteen minutes. This is a higher proportion of residents enjoying a short trip to work than NeighborhoodScout found in 95.5% of U.S. neighborhoods. Less time commuting means more time for other things in life.

Diversity

Significantly, 13.5% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak German/Yiddish at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 99.7% of the neighborhoods in America.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the neighborhood in Arcola are middle-income, making it a moderate income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 52.7% of the neighborhoods in America. In addition, 9.6% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 52.6% of America's neighborhoods.

The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.

In the neighborhood, 42.7% of the working population is employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 28.3% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (15.2%), and 13.1% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.

Languages

The languages spoken by people in this neighborhood are diverse. These are tabulated as the languages people preferentially speak when they are at home with their families. The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 61.2% of households. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly, why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.

In the neighborhood in Arcola, IL, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as Mexican (31.4%). There are also a number of people of German ancestry (21.2%), and residents who report English roots (7.7%), and some of the residents are also of Scottish ancestry (4.4%), along with some Irish ancestry residents (3.5%), among others.

Getting to Work

Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend under 15 minutes commuting one-way to work (58.6% of working residents), one of the shortest commutes across America.

Here most residents (73.0%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (17.7%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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