Peoria, IL
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Peoria is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 115,070 people and 34 constituent neighborhoods, Peoria is the seventh largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Peoria is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Peoria is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Peoria who work in office and administrative support (12.27%), sales jobs (11.11%), and management occupations (8.84%).

Also of interest is that Peoria has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Peoria use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Peoria‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the bus. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The overall education level of Peoria citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 33.03% of adults in Peoria have at least a bachelor's degree, and the average American community has 21.84%.

The per capita income in Peoria in 2010 was $27,666, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,664 for a family of four. However, Peoria contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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