Kankakee, IL
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Living in Kankakee


Kankakee is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 26,024 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Kankakee is the 77th largest community in Illinois.

When you are in Kankakee, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 35.43% of Kankakee’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Kankakee is a city of service providers, professionals, and transportation and shipping workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kankakee who work in office and administrative support (8.84%), food service (7.92%), and sales jobs (7.62%).

Many people in Kankakee 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 Kankakee citizens for affordable transportation.

The percentage of adults in Kankakee with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.14% of adults in Kankakee have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Kankakee in 2018 was $19,567, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $78,268 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 30.37% 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Kankakee also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.76% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kankakee include African, German, Irish, English, and French.

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