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. Galesburg has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Galesburg is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.33%), sales jobs (9.85%), and healthcare (7.63%).

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 16.42 minutes getting to work every day.

The percentage of adults in Galesburg with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.36% of adults in Galesburg have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Galesburg in 2010 was $20,025, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,100 for a family of four. However, Galesburg contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Galesburg is a somewhat 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 African.

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