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 a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns in the country.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Cicero is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 42.63% of the Cicero workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. 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%).
In Cicero, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.36 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the town is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
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.
In Cicero, just 8.95% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.
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.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Cicero's cultural character, accounting for 38.78% of the town’s population.
The most common language spoken in Cicero is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Polish.