Jacksonville, IL
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Jacksonville is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 19,103 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Jacksonville is the 124th largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Jacksonville is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Jacksonville is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Jacksonville who work in office and administrative support (12.00%), sales jobs (11.53%), and food service (7.94%).

Jacksonville is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Jacksonville enrolled in college, Jacksonville has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

One of the benefits of Jacksonville is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.89 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The population of Jacksonville overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Jacksonville, 22.23% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Jacksonville in 2010 was $21,382, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $85,528 for a family of four. However, Jacksonville contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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