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.

Rock Island is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (14.21%), sales jobs (9.57%), and teaching (6.96%).

Rock Island is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Rock Island enrolled in college, Rock Island has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

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 19.02 minutes getting to work every day.

The population of Rock Island overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Rock Island, 22.27% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Rock Island in 2010 was $23,012, 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 $92,048 for a family of four. However, Rock Island contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Rock Island is an extremely 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 10.98% 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.