East St. Louis, IL
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Living in East St. Louis


East St. Louis is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 26,047 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, East St. Louis is the 81st largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities, East St. Louis isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in East St. Louis are a mix of both white- and blue-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 (13.83%), healthcare suport services (10.85%), and sales jobs (9.23%).

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 rate of college-level education in East St. Louis is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 11.42% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in East St. Louis in 2018 was $15,601, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $62,404 for a family of four. East St. Louis also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.81% 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 African, Sudanese, German, Polish, and Italian.

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