Cairo is a very small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 2,467 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Cairo is the 432nd largest community in Illinois. Cairo has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Cairo is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Cairo is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Cairo who work in sales jobs (16.38%), personal care services (8.74%), and law enforcement and fire fighting (7.16%).
Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Cairo is worth considering.
For a small city, Cairo has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Cairo exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.
The rate of college-level education in Cairo is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.48% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Cairo in 2010 was $13,918, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $55,672 for a family of four. Cairo also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 45.71% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Cairo is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Cairo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Cairo residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Cairo include Irish, English, Dutch, and African.
The most common language spoken in Cairo is English. Other important languages spoken here include Hebrew and Spanish.