Decatur, IL
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Decatur is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 73,254 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Decatur is the 13th largest community in Illinois.

Decatur is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Decatur is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Decatur who work in office and administrative support (14.51%), sales jobs (9.87%), and management occupations (6.75%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Decatur spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.88 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Decatur citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.04% of adults in Decatur have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Decatur in 2010 was $23,165, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,660 for a family of four. However, Decatur contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Decatur is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Decatur home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Decatur residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Decatur include Irish, English, Italian, and Dutch.

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