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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Elgin is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Elgin, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The citizens of Elgin are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 24.27% of adults in Elgin having a bachelor's degree or advanced 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Elgin's cultural character, accounting for 26.86% of the city’s population.

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