Pekin is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 32,255 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 (16.40%), sales jobs (12.00%), and management occupations (7.57%).
The percentage of adults in Pekin who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 19.81% of the adults in Pekin have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Pekin in 2010 was $26,188, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $104,752 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.
The most common language spoken in Pekin is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.