Cairo, IL
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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 a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Cairo isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Cairo are a mix 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 (12.43%), maintenance occupations (12.30%), and healthcare suport services (10.86%).

Of important note, Cairo is also a city of artists. Cairo has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Cairo’s character.

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.

In Cairo, just 9.26% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Cairo in 2010 was $12,081, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $48,324 for a family of four. Cairo also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 56.32% 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, African, English, and Dutch.

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

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