Mattoon is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 17,729 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Mattoon is the 135th largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Mattoon is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Mattoon is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Mattoon who work in office and administrative support (12.26%), sales jobs (9.57%), and food service (7.62%).
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 17.18 minutes getting to work every day.
The percentage of adults in Mattoon who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.12% of the adults in Mattoon have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Mattoon in 2010 was $23,587, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $94,348 for a family of four. However, Mattoon contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Mattoon home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Mattoon residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Mattoon include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Mattoon is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.