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.
Peru is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.03%), sales jobs (8.14%), and food service (7.92%).
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 16.25 minutes getting to work every day.
In terms of college education, Peru is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.44% of adults 25 and older in Peru have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Peru in 2010 was $27,220, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,880 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 Hindi.