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 26,790 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 maintenance occupations (11.90%), office and administrative support (11.52%), and healthcare suport services (10.19%).

Many people in East St. Louis take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among East St. Louis citizens for affordable transportation.

The population of East St. Louis has a very low overall level of education: only 8.69% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in East St. Louis in 2010 was $12,122, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $48,488 for a family of four. East St. Louis also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 45.80% 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 German, European, Jamaican, and Sudanese.

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