Pekin, IL
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Pekin is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 33,223 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Pekin is the 54th largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Pekin is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Pekin is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Pekin who work in office and administrative support (14.72%), sales jobs (11.17%), and management occupations (7.06%).

In terms of college education, Pekin is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 18.57% of adults 25 and older in Pekin have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Pekin in 2010 was $24,931, which is middle income relative to Illinois, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $99,724 for a family of four. However, Pekin contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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