Harvey, IL
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Harvey is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 25,194 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Harvey is the 89th largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Harvey is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Harvey is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Harvey who work in office and administrative support (11.82%), maintenance occupations (7.79%), and sales jobs (7.23%).

A lot of people in Harvey take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Harvey, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.

The population of Harvey has a very low overall level of education: only 8.78% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Harvey in 2010 was $13,760, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $55,040 for a family of four. Harvey also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 36.37% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Harvey is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Harvey home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Harvey residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Harvey also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 19.37% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Harvey include Polish, Irish, Italian, and African.

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