Harvard, IL
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Harvard is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 9,194 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Harvard is the 229th largest community in Illinois.

Harvard is a blue-collar town, with 40.81% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Harvard is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harvard who work in office and administrative support (14.89%), maintenance occupations (9.15%), and sales jobs (5.98%).

Also of interest is that Harvard has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One downside of living in Harvard, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.51 minutes every day commuting to work.

The population of Harvard has a very low overall level of education: only 8.94% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Harvard in 2010 was $15,120, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $60,480 for a family of four. However, Harvard contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Harvard also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.12% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Harvard is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Harvard home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harvard residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Harvard also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 52.00% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Harvard include Irish, Polish, English, and Swedish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Harvard's cultural character, accounting for 30.45% of the city’s population.

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

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