Chicago Heights, IL
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Chicago Heights is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 30,284 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Chicago Heights is the 65th largest community in Illinois.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Chicago Heights is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 35.22% of the Chicago Heights workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. 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 (12.79%), sales jobs (8.24%), and food service (6.91%).

For the size of the city, public transportation in Chicago Heights is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Chicago Heights, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The citizens of Chicago Heights are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 14.49% of adults in Chicago Heights have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Chicago Heights in 2010 was $19,225, 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 $76,900 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 33.95% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chicago Heights include German, Irish, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Chicago Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.