Pontiac, IL
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Pontiac is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 11,794 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Pontiac is the 200th largest community in Illinois.

Pontiac is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Pontiac is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Pontiac who work in sales jobs (13.09%), office and administrative support (12.38%), and teaching (7.25%).

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Pontiac spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.04 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Being a small city, Pontiac does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The percentage of adults in Pontiac with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 14.48% of adults in Pontiac have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Pontiac in 2010 was $20,583, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $82,332 for a family of four. However, Pontiac contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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

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

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