Peru is a tiny city located in the state of Nebraska. With a population of 837 people and just one neighborhood, Peru is the 125th largest community in Nebraska. Peru has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.
Occupations and Workforce
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 food service (20.00%), teaching (16.39%) and office and administrative support (12.78%).
Also of interest is that Peru has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Setting & Lifestyle
Peru is a small town with a large college student population. Because of this, there is a real youthful, hip vibe to the place, and much of the life in the town is centered on the college. This has helped Peru to buck the trend of other small towns that have suffered declining populations over the past 20 to 30 years. Spending by students, and faculty and staff jobs, are a big part of the local economy.
Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 14.84 minutes getting to work every day.
As is often the case in a small city, Peru doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.