Decatur, IL
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Decatur is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 71,290 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 service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Decatur who work in office and administrative support (11.41%), sales jobs (10.34%), and food service (7.23%).

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 17.68 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of adults in Decatur who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 20.63% of the adults in Decatur have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Decatur in 2010 was $25,800, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $103,200 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 French.

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