Ottawa, IL
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Ottawa is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 18,342 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Ottawa is the 132nd largest community in Illinois.

Ottawa is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Ottawa is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Ottawa who work in sales jobs (14.06%), office and administrative support (12.23%), and food service (8.01%).

The education level of Ottawa citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 18.33% of adults 25 and older in Ottawa have a college degree.

The per capita income in Ottawa in 2010 was $26,211, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $104,844 for a family of four. However, Ottawa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Ottawa home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Ottawa residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Ottawa include Irish, Italian, English, and Norwegian.

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