Peru, IL
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Peru is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 9,952 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Peru is the 218th largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities, Peru isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Peru are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Peru is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Peru who work in office and administrative support (14.05%), food service (9.88%), and sales jobs (7.97%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Peru spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.24 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The education level of Peru citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 22.07% of adults in Peru have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Peru in 2010 was $25,816, 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 $103,264 for a family of four. However, Peru contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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