Normal is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 54,469 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Normal is the 27th largest community in Illinois.
Normal is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.33% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Normal is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Normal who work in office and administrative support (11.72%), sales jobs (11.35%), and food service (9.60%).
Also of interest is that Normal has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Normal is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Normal culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Normal really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Normal every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Normal. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Normal benefits directly from this.
Not only is Normal a town with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
One of the benefits of Normal is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 18.59 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
Normal is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 48.45% of adults in Normal have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.
The per capita income in Normal in 2018 was $28,247, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $112,988 for a family of four. However, Normal contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Normal is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Normal home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Normal residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Normal include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Normal is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.