Decatur, IL
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Decatur is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 72,174 people and 26 constituent neighborhoods, Decatur is the 13th largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities, Decatur isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Decatur are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (13.71%), sales jobs (10.36%), and food service (7.53%).

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 17.56 minutes getting to work every day.

The population of Decatur overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Decatur, 21.66% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Decatur in 2010 was $25,042, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $100,168 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Dutch.

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