Chicago Heights is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 29,322 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Chicago Heights is the 65th largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Chicago Heights is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chicago Heights is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chicago Heights who work in office and administrative support (12.46%), food service (8.65%), and maintenance occupations (6.30%).
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Chicago Heights use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Chicago Heights‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
The percentage of adults in Chicago Heights with college degrees is slightly lower than the national average of 21.84% for all communities. 16.30% of adults in Chicago Heights have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Chicago Heights in 2018 was $22,503, which is low income relative to Illinois, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $90,012 for a family of four. However, Chicago Heights contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Chicago Heights is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Chicago Heights home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Chicago Heights, accounting for 38.69% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Chicago Heights residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Chicago Heights include Italian, German, Irish, Polish, and African.
The most common language spoken in Chicago Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Italian.