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 11,061 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.

Peru is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. 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 (13.46%), food service (7.72%), and sales jobs (7.50%).

Despite the fact that it is a small city, Peru has quite a few people who take public transportation – mostly the bus - for their daily commute to work. This helps to fill a real need in the city for affordable transportation.

The rate of college-level education in Peru is quite a bit lower than the national average among all cities of 21.84%: just 10.82% of people here over 25 have a bachelor's degree or an advanced degree.

The per capita income in Peru in 2010 was $19,037, which is lower middle income relative to Indiana and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $76,148 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 Polish and Spanish.