Effingham is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 12,604 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Effingham is the 197th largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Effingham is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Effingham is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Effingham who work in sales jobs (14.93%), office and administrative support (12.79%), and food service (9.69%).
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 14.45 minutes getting to work every day.
The population of Effingham overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Effingham, 21.54% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Effingham in 2010 was $25,318, which is middle income relative to Illinois, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $101,272 for a family of four. However, Effingham contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Effingham home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Effingham residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Effingham include Irish, English, French , and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Effingham is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.