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 86.17% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 office and administrative support (14.03%), sales jobs (14.00%), and teaching (13.33%).

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.

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 12.59 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, 44.79% 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 $18,192, 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 $72,768 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 35.91% 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 Polish.

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