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.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Joliet is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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%).
In Joliet, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.37 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Joliet is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Joliet area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
The education level of Joliet citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.41% of adults in Joliet have at least a bachelor's 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.