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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, East St. Louis is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, East St. Louis is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in East St. Louis who work in office and administrative support (12.09%), healthcare suport services (11.35%), and maintenance occupations (11.09%).
A lot of people in East St. Louis take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in East St. Louis, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
In East St. Louis, just 8.00% 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 $12,060, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $48,240 for a family of four. East St. Louis also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 45.42% 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 Irish.
The most common language spoken in East St. Louis is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.