Cicero, IL

Cicero profile

Living in Cicero

Cicero is a larger medium-sized town located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 80,796 people and 16 constituent neighborhoods, Cicero is the tenth largest community in Illinois. Cicero has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

When you are in Cicero, you'll notice that it is more blue-collar than most other communities in America. 42.63% of Cicero’s employed work in blue-collar jobs, while America averages only 27.7% that do. Overall, Cicero is a town of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Cicero who work in office and administrative support (10.99%), food service (9.66%), and sales jobs (9.11%).

One downside of living in Cicero, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.36 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly town. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the town are by private automobile, Cicero is somewhat unusual for a town of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the bus helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Cicero area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The population of Cicero has a very low overall level of education: only 8.95% of people over 25 hold a 4-year college degree or higher.

The per capita income in Cicero in 2018 was $18,472, which is low income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $73,888 for a family of four. However, Cicero contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Cicero is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Cicero 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 Cicero, accounting for 89.70% of the town’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Cicero residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Cicero include Polish, German, Irish, Italian, and Czech.

Cicero also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 38.78%.

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