Peru, IN
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Living in Peru


Peru is a somewhat small city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 10,904 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Peru is the 74th largest community in Indiana. Peru has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

When you are in Peru, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 44.72% of Peru’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Peru is a city of service providers, production and manufacturing workers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Peru who work in office and administrative support (10.06%), sales jobs (7.83%), and food service (7.24%).

In Peru, just 10.50% of people have at least a bachelor's degree, which is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Peru in 2010 was $20,218, which is lower middle income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $80,872 for a family of four.

Peru is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Peru home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Peru residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Peru include German, Irish, English, Dutch, and European.

The most common language spoken in Peru is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.