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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Ottawa is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 office and administrative support (11.94%), sales jobs (11.60%), and food service (8.76%).

The percentage of adults in Ottawa who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.30% of the adults in Ottawa have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Ottawa in 2010 was $26,269, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $105,076 for a family of four. However, Ottawa contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Ottawa is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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 Other Asian languages.