Kewanee, IL
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Kewanee is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 12,533 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Kewanee is the 190th largest community in Illinois. Kewanee has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Kewanee is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Kewanee is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Kewanee who work in office and administrative support (13.13%), sales jobs (11.62%), and food service (8.44%).

In terms of college education, the citizens of Kewanee rank slightly lower than the national average. 14.38% of adults 25 and older in Kewanee have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.

The per capita income in Kewanee in 2010 was $20,832, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $83,328 for a family of four. However, Kewanee contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Kewanee is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Kewanee home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Kewanee residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Kewanee also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 13.43% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Kewanee include Irish, English, Swedish, and Belgian.

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

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