Batavia, IL
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Batavia is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 26,495 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Batavia is the 83rd largest community in Illinois.

Batavia real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Batavia house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Batavia is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.95% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Batavia is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Batavia who work in management occupations (16.59%), sales jobs (13.75%), and office and administrative support (11.40%).

Also of interest is that Batavia has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Batavia telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.68% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Batavia is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Batavia really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Batavia perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Batavia is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Batavia, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Batavia. 50.84% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Batavia in 2010 was $42,335, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $169,340 for a family of four. However, Batavia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Batavia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Batavia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Batavia include Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

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