East St. Louis, IL
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East St. Louis is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 26,922 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, East St. Louis is the 81st largest community in Illinois.

East St. Louis is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, East St. Louis is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in East St. Louis who work in office and administrative support (14.55%), sales jobs (10.56%), and maintenance occupations (9.78%).

East St. Louis has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, East St. Louis has quite a high level of public transit users. East St. Louis’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

In East St. Louis, just 9.85% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in East St. Louis in 2010 was $13,443, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $53,772 for a family of four. East St. Louis also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 44.66% of its population below the federal poverty line.

The people who call East St. Louis home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of East St. Louis residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in East St. Louis include European, German, Sudanese, and Jamaican.

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