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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Decatur is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (14.47%), sales jobs (10.14%), and food service (7.06%).

One of the benefits of Decatur is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.77 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

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 $22,788, 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 $91,152 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 Tagalog.