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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Carthage is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (12.97%), healthcare (9.19%), and sales jobs (7.73%).
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.57% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
As is often the case in a small city, Carthage doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The population of Carthage overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Carthage, 24.87% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Carthage in 2010 was $24,015, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $96,060 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 West Germanic languages.