Paris is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 8,432 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Paris is the 240th largest community in Illinois.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Paris is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 37.32% of the Paris workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Paris is a city of sales and office workers, production and manufacturing workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Paris who work in office and administrative support (13.77%), sales jobs (8.83%), and healthcare suport services (6.18%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Paris spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.46 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
The education level of Paris citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.03% of adults 25 and older in Paris have a college degree.
The per capita income in Paris in 2010 was $22,319, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $89,276 for a family of four. However, Paris contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call Paris home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Paris residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Paris include Irish, English, Scottish, and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Paris is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.