Peru, IN
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Peru is a somewhat small city located in the state of Indiana. With a population of 11,060 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Peru is the 74th largest community in Indiana. Peru has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

When you are in Peru, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 37.10% 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, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Peru who work in office and administrative support (12.97%), sales jobs (7.41%), and food service (7.16%).

The rate of college-level education in Peru is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.06% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Peru in 2010 was $19,209, which is lower middle income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,836 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 Irish, English, Dutch, and French .

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