Belvidere is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 25,132 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Belvidere is the 86th largest community in Illinois.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Belvidere is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 37.42% of the Belvidere workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Belvidere is a city of sales and office workers, production and manufacturing workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Belvidere who work in office and administrative support (13.93%), sales jobs (11.10%), and management occupations (6.64%).
The rate of college-level education in Belvidere is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 12.19% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Belvidere in 2010 was $20,063, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,252 for a family of four. However, Belvidere contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Belvidere is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Belvidere home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Belvidere residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Belvidere also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.40% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Belvidere include Irish, Swedish, English, and Italian.
Belvidere also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.73%.
The most common language spoken in Belvidere is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.