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. Much of the housing stock in Peru was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Peru is a blue-collar town, with 37.10% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 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 (12.97%), sales jobs (7.41%), and food service (7.16%).

The percentage of people in Peru with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 10.06% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or 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.