Batavia, IL
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Batavia is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 26,391 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 86.67% 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 (16.82%), sales jobs (13.52%), and office and administrative support (11.93%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.28% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Batavia is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Batavia area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Batavia. 51.72% 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 $42,110, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $168,440 for a family of four. However, Batavia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Batavia is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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.