Elgin, IL
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Elgin is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 112,111 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Elgin is the eighth largest community in Illinois.

Elgin is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.87%), sales jobs (9.52%), and management occupations (7.65%).

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.

The education level of Elgin citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.02% of adults in Elgin have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Elgin in 2010 was $23,532, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $94,128 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. The greatest number of Elgin residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Elgin also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 44.44% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Elgin include Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

Elgin also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 26.03%.

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