Cicero, IL
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Cicero is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 83,886 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Cicero is the tenth largest community in Illinois. Cicero has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Cicero is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 42.21% of the Cicero workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Cicero is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cicero who work in office and administrative support (12.00%), sales jobs (9.88%), and maintenance occupations (9.66%).

One downside of living in Cicero, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.75 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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

The population of Cicero has a very low overall level of education: only 7.59% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Cicero in 2010 was $14,624, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,496 for a family of four. However, Cicero contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Cicero is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Cicero home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Cicero, accounting for 87.68% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Cicero residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Cicero include German, Italian, Irish, and Czech.

In addition, Cicero has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (40.99%).

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