Chicago Heights is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 29,901 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Chicago Heights is the 65th largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Chicago Heights is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chicago Heights is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chicago Heights who work in office and administrative support (14.82%), food service (8.16%), and maintenance occupations (6.49%).
Many people in Chicago Heights take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Chicago Heights citizens for affordable transportation.
The percentage of adults in Chicago Heights with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.16% of adults in Chicago Heights have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Chicago Heights in 2010 was $19,928, 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 $79,712 for a family of four. However, Chicago Heights contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Chicago Heights is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chicago Heights home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chicago Heights residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Chicago Heights also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 34.13% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chicago Heights include Italian, German, Irish, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Chicago Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.