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 production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Elgin who work in office and administrative support (14.51%), sales jobs (9.78%), and management occupations (7.83%).

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: 24.28% of adults in Elgin have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Elgin in 2010 was $24,360, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $97,440 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 44.53% 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.

Elgin also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 27.11%.

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