Joliet, IL
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Living in Joliet


Joliet is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 148,262 people and 41 constituent neighborhoods, Joliet is the fourth largest community in Illinois.

Joliet is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Joliet is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Joliet who work in office and administrative support (14.95%), sales jobs (9.83%), and management occupations (7.39%).

One downside of living in Joliet, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.37 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Joliet is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Joliet, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The citizens of Joliet are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 22.41% of adults in Joliet having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Joliet in 2010 was $25,089, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $100,356 for a family of four. However, Joliet contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Joliet is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Joliet home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Joliet residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Joliet also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 28.39% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Joliet include Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

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