Elgin, IL
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Elgin is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 112,123 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Elgin is the eighth largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities, Elgin isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Elgin are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Elgin is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Elgin who work in office and administrative support (13.74%), sales jobs (10.49%), and management occupations (7.30%).

Also of interest is that Elgin has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Elgin is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Elgin area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of Elgin 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 Elgin, 24.27% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Elgin in 2010 was $25,076, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $100,304 for a family of four. However, Elgin contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Elgin is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Elgin home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Elgin, accounting for 45.08% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Elgin residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Elgin include Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

In addition, Elgin has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (26.86%).

The most common language spoken in Elgin is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.