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%).
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.
The citizens of East St. Louis have a very low rate of college education: just 9.85% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, compared to a national average of 21.84% for all cities.
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.