Normal is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 52,736 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Normal is the 28th largest community in Illinois.
Normal is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 87.46% 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 sales jobs (11.88%), office and administrative support (11.65%), and teaching (9.39%).
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.
Normal is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Normal have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Normal’s economy is one such example of 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 18.11 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.
If knowledge is power, Normal is a pretty powerful place. 51.25% of the adults in Normal have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Normal in 2018 was $29,948, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $119,792 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 French.