Macomb, IL

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Living in Macomb

Macomb is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 17,559 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Macomb is the 127th largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities, Macomb isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Macomb are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Macomb is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Macomb who work in sales jobs (14.76%), teaching (13.13%), and office and administrative support (12.29%).

Macomb is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Macomb to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.

Macomb, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Macomb spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 13.65 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Macomb ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Macomb, 41.63% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Macomb in 2010 was $20,583, 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 $82,332 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 30.48% 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Dutch.

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