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Around 106,000 people live in Joliet. Joliet is 67.5% White, 16% Black, 2% Asian, and Hispanic or Latino of any race is 27.8%. About 52% of households are made up of married couples. There is a somewhat even number of men and women here. About 11% of the population is below the poverty line. Joliet is one of the fastest-growing Midwest cities in terms of population. At the University of St. Francis, there are around 1,700 undergraduate students. The student body is about 35% male, 65% female. About 75% of students are White, 9% are Hispanic, 6% are Black, and 5% are Asian.
In September 2012, the unemployment rate in Joliet was 9.5%, which was higher than most of the surrounding communities, and higher than both the Illinois state and national averages. About a quarter of households in Joliet make less than 35k a year. About 18% of households make more than 100k a year. The local Medical Center and Silver Cross Hospital are two of the biggest employers in town, along with the local casinos. USF has an Career Services office to help students find work, hosting a CareerFest each year, in addition to helping students one-on-one with applications.