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 11,024 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.

Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Peru is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 38.96% of the Peru workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. 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 (11.94%), sales jobs (7.98%), and personal care services (6.63%).

The rate of college-level education in Peru is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.76% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Peru in 2010 was $19,905, which is lower middle income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $79,620 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 French.

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