Rock Island is a town in Illinois with a population of approximately 39,000. With an average age of just over 39, the city's population is middle-of-the-pack compared to other cities in the state, which has an average age of 38. Only 34% of residents rent in Rock Island, as home ownership is common in the city. Renting remains an affordable option, though, as the city boasts a relatively low average rent of $748 per month. Over the course of a year, renters in Rock Island will save around $3,600 compared to the state average.
With an average commute time of about 20 minutes, outperforming most cities in the state, Rock Island residents are well aware that it isn't overly time-consuming to travel to work. Driving a vehicle is the most common mode of getting to work, opted for by 39% of residents, while public transit is not used much. Not many residents (3%) commute to work on foot, though the number does exceed the national average.
Rock Island has a relatively large percentage of residents older than 25 who have an Associate's degree (6%) compared to the state average. In addition, 10% possess a Bachelor's degree and 4% have a Master's or Doctoral degree. There are four primary industries in Rock Island: manufacturing, education, healthcare, and retail. Together, these industries make up 27% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many workers in these industries are in transportation, making it the top field in the city. Rock Island workers take home an average annual income of just over $59,000, about $18,000 less than the Illinois average. The city's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345).
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