Harvey is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 24,908 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 professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Harvey who work in office and administrative support (12.00%), maintenance occupations (9.13%), and food service (8.12%).
One downside of living in Harvey is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Harvey, the average commute to work is 31.28 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Many people in Harvey take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Harvey citizens for affordable transportation.
In Harvey, just 9.37% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.
The per capita income in Harvey in 2010 was $14,022, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $56,088 for a family of four. Harvey also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.59% 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 24.38% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Harvey include German, Irish, Polish, Italian, and French.
The most common language spoken in Harvey is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.