Galesburg, IL
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Galesburg is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 31,273 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Galesburg is the 61st largest community in Illinois. Much of the housing stock in Galesburg was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Galesburg is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Galesburg is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Galesburg who work in office and administrative support (12.69%), sales jobs (10.16%), and teaching (8.46%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Galesburg spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 15.59 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The percentage of adults in Galesburg with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.86% of adults in Galesburg have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Galesburg in 2010 was $19,872, which is low income relative to Illinois, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $79,488 for a family of four. However, Galesburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Galesburg is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Galesburg home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Galesburg residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Galesburg include Irish, English, Swedish, and Italian.

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