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.

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 (17.17%), sales jobs (11.82%), and maintenance occupations (6.49%).

A lot of people in Blue Island take the train for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Blue Island, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

In terms of college education, the citizens of Blue Island rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.21% of adults 25 and older in Blue Island have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Blue Island in 2010 was $18,867, 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 $75,468 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 49.39% 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 White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Blue Island include Italian, Irish, Polish, and English.

Blue Island also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 22.42%.

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