Washington, IL
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Washington is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 16,664 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Washington is the 164th largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some cities, Washington isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Washington are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Washington is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Washington who work in office and administrative support (12.30%), sales jobs (10.68%), and management occupations (8.53%).

Also of interest is that Washington has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Washington is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Washington really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Washington perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Washington is a small city, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

The education level of Washington citizens is very high relative to the national average among all cities (21.84%): 37.71% of adults in Washington have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Washington in 2010 was $33,586, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $134,344 for a family of four.

The people who call Washington home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Washington residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Washington include Irish, English, Polish, and Scottish.

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

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