Marengo, IL
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Marengo is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 7,503 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Marengo is the 263rd largest community in Illinois.

Marengo real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Marengo house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Marengo is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Marengo is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Marengo who work in office and administrative support (15.95%), sales jobs (11.01%), and management occupations (7.26%).

Of important note, Marengo is also a city of artists. Marengo has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Marengo’s character.

The education level of Marengo citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.19% of adults 25 and older in Marengo have a college degree.

The per capita income in Marengo in 2010 was $23,959, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $95,836 for a family of four. However, Marengo contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Marengo home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Marengo residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Marengo also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.80% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Marengo include Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.

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

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