Melrose Park is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 25,379 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Melrose Park is the 88th largest community in Illinois.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Melrose Park is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 42.73% of the Melrose Park workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Melrose Park is a village of sales and office workers, service providers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Melrose Park who work in office and administrative support (14.47%), sales jobs (9.01%), and food service (6.94%).
For the size of the village, public transportation in Melrose Park is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the bus. For Melrose Park, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The rate of college-level education in Melrose Park is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.39% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.
The per capita income in Melrose Park in 2010 was $18,394, 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 $73,576 for a family of four. However, Melrose Park contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Melrose Park is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Melrose Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Melrose Park, accounting for 73.93% of the village’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Melrose Park residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Melrose Park include German, Irish, Polish, and English.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Melrose Park's cultural character, accounting for 38.73% of the village’s population.
The most common language spoken in Melrose Park is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Italian.