Normal, IL
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Normal is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 54,373 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Normal is the 27th largest community in Illinois.

Normal is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 89.22% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Normal is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Normal who work in sales jobs (14.69%), office and administrative support (13.16%), and teaching (10.35%).

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.

Because Normal has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Normal lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Normal is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Normal people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

One of the benefits of Normal is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.91 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. 51.48% 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 2010 was $24,881, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $99,524 for a family of four. However, Normal contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Normal is a somewhat 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 Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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