Macomb, IL


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Macomb is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 18,547 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Macomb is the 127th largest community in Illinois.

Macomb is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.43% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Macomb is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Macomb who work in teaching (13.92%), office and administrative support (13.77%), and sales jobs (12.76%).

Macomb is a small town where college students really create the town feel and character. So many small towns have lost population over the last 20-30 years that having the local college presence in the Macomb area, with all of the energy of the students filling area dorms and apartments each fall, really helps Macomb maintain a good economy.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 12.32 minutes getting to work every day.

Macomb is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.15% of adults in Macomb have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Macomb in 2010 was $19,123, which is low income relative to Illinois, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $76,492 for a family of four. However, Macomb contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Macomb also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.36% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Macomb is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Macomb home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Macomb residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Macomb include Irish, English, Italian, and Swedish.

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