Galena, IL
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Galena is a very small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 3,299 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Galena is the 402nd largest community in Illinois. Galena has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Galena is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Galena is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Galena who work in office and administrative support (22.13%), sales jobs (14.23%), and management occupations (9.95%).

Residents will find that the city is relatively quiet. This is because it is not over-populated, and it has fewer college students, renters, and young children - all of whom can be noisy at times. So, if you're looking for a relatively peaceful place to live, Galena is worth considering.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Galena spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.24 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Even though Galena is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the bus for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The percentage of people in Galena who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.42% of adults in Galena have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Galena in 2010 was $27,796, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $111,184 for a family of four. However, Galena contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Galena home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Galena residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Galena also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.52% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Galena include Irish, English, Polish, and French .

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

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