Rock Island, IL
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Rock Island is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 38,620 people and 12 constituent neighborhoods, Rock Island is the 46th largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Rock Island is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Rock Island is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Rock Island who work in office and administrative support (14.25%), sales jobs (9.39%), and teaching (6.97%).

The citizens of Rock Island are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 21.95% of adults in Rock Island having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Rock Island in 2010 was $22,722, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,888 for a family of four. However, Rock Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rock Island is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Rock Island home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Rock Island residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Rock Island also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.86% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Rock Island include Irish, English, Swedish, and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Rock Island is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.