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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Peru is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Peru is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Peru who work in office and administrative support (11.98%), food service (9.85%), and sales jobs (8.65%).

The population of Peru has a very low overall level of education: only 7.87% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Peru in 2010 was $18,757, which is lower middle income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $75,028 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 Italian.

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