Bellwood, IL
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Bellwood is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 19,308 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Bellwood is the 129th largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some villages, Bellwood isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Bellwood are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bellwood is a village of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bellwood who work in office and administrative support (20.76%), sales jobs (10.67%), and food service (5.61%).

In Bellwood, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.70 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

In Bellwood, a lot of people use the bus to get to work every day though Bellwood is a relatively small village. Those that ride the bus are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The citizens of Bellwood are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.73% of adults in Bellwood have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Bellwood in 2010 was $20,395, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,580 for a family of four. However, Bellwood contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Bellwood is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Bellwood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bellwood residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Bellwood also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.35% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Bellwood include Irish, Italian, African, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Bellwood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Hindi.