Carthage, IL
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Carthage is a very small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 2,545 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Carthage is the 442nd largest community in Illinois. Much of the housing stock in Carthage was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities, Carthage isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Carthage are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Carthage is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Carthage who work in office and administrative support (15.32%), healthcare (7.44%), and sales jobs (7.09%).

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

Being a small city, Carthage does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In terms of college education, Carthage is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.71% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Carthage in 2010 was $24,642, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $98,568 for a family of four. However, Carthage contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Carthage home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Carthage residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Carthage include English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and European.

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

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