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The Socio-Economic Conditions of Puerto Ricans in Illinois, 2010

Puerto Ricans had lower incomes than the Illinois population as a whole according to Centro’s Data Center, which has released a new data sheet on the socio-economic conditions of Puerto Ricans. The information is based on statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 2010.

In 2010, the median household income was $52,972. For Puerto Ricans, it was 14 percent lower ($45,817).

This disparity was also evident in per capita income, with Puerto Ricans reporting
38 percent lower income ($16,808) than the population as a whole ($27,325).

In Illinois, 80 percent of households reported earning income, and the average income earned for these households was $73,454. For Puerto Ricans, it was 22 percent lower ($57,535) among the 83 percent of households that reported such income. Puerto Ricans also reported lower Social Security income ($12,976) than the population as a whole ($16,612).

The rate of homeownership among Puerto Ricans was also significantly lower than that of the Illinois population.

In terms of educational attainment for the population 25 years of age and older, Puerto Ricans were overrepresented among those who had less than a high school education (26 percent). Puerto Ricans were overrepresented among those with a high school or equivalency diploma (31 percent). They were near parity among those with some college (28 percent), but they were underrepresented among those with a bachelor’s degree or higher (15 percent).

To view the full brief, Puerto Ricans in Illinois, 2010.