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. Much of the housing stock in Galena was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Galena is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (22.73%), sales jobs (15.69%), and management occupations (9.03%).

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.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 14.99 minutes getting to work every day.

The education level of Galena citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 21.96% of adults in Galena have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Galena in 2010 was $26,721, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $106,884 for a family of four. However, Galena contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Galena is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 11.96% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Galena include Irish, English, Polish, and Swedish.

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

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