Blue Island, IL
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Blue Island is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 23,652 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Blue Island is the 103rd largest community in Illinois. Much of the housing stock in Blue Island was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Blue Island isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Blue Island are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Blue Island is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Blue Island who work in office and administrative support (14.32%), sales jobs (14.15%), and maintenance occupations (7.16%).

One downside of living in Blue Island is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Blue Island, the average commute to work is 31.88 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Blue Island’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Blue Island has a lot of people who ride the train to and from work. In fact, for its size, Blue Island has quite a high level of public transit users. Blue Island’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

The citizens of Blue Island are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 15.30% of adults in Blue Island have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Blue Island in 2010 was $18,750, 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 $75,000 for a family of four. However, Blue Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Blue Island is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Blue Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Blue Island, accounting for 48.31% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Blue Island residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Blue Island include Italian, Irish, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Blue Island's cultural character, accounting for 20.65% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in Blue Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.