Vandalia is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 7,112 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Vandalia is the 283rd largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Vandalia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Vandalia is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Vandalia who work in sales jobs (12.23%), office and administrative support (8.99%), and healthcare (8.48%).
One of the benefits of Vandalia is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 16.95 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.
The citizens of Vandalia are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.44% of adults in Vandalia have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Vandalia in 2010 was $19,434, which is low income relative to Illinois, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $77,736 for a family of four. However, Vandalia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Vandalia is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Vandalia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Vandalia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Vandalia include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Vandalia is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.