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 a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.

Cicero is a blue-collar town, with 41.12% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 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 (12.34%), maintenance occupations (9.68%), and food service (9.51%).

One downside of living in Cicero is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Cicero, the average commute to work is 32.99 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the town, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of Cicero’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Cicero use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Cicero‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of Cicero have a very low rate of college education: just 7.14% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.

The per capita income in Cicero in 2010 was $14,571, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,284 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 88.55% 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 (40.30%).

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