Kankakee, IL
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Kankakee is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 26,676 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Kankakee is the 77th largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kankakee is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kankakee is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kankakee who work in office and administrative support (11.18%), food service (10.01%), and sales jobs (8.22%).

The percentage of people in Kankakee with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 11.32% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kankakee in 2010 was $16,077, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $64,308 for a family of four. However, Kankakee contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Kankakee also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 32.26% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Kankakee is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Kankakee home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kankakee residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Kankakee also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.98% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kankakee include Irish, French , English, and Italian.

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