Wheeling, IL
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Wheeling is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 38,079 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Wheeling is the 49th largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wheeling is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wheeling is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wheeling who work in office and administrative support (13.74%), sales jobs (11.38%), and food service (7.64%).

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

The population of Wheeling is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 34.85% of adults in Wheeling have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Wheeling in 2010 was $28,031, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $112,124 for a family of four. However, Wheeling contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Wheeling is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Wheeling home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wheeling residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Wheeling also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 34.08% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wheeling include Polish, Irish, Russian, and Italian.

Wheeling also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 41.25%.

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