Berwyn, IL
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Berwyn is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 56,368 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Berwyn is the 24th largest community in Illinois. Berwyn has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Berwyn is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Berwyn is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Berwyn who work in office and administrative support (16.38%), sales jobs (11.03%), and food service (7.08%).

One downside of living in Berwyn, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.77 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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

In terms of college education, Berwyn is nearly on par with the US average for all cities of 21.84%: 20.28% of adults 25 and older in Berwyn have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Berwyn in 2010 was $22,180, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,720 for a family of four. However, Berwyn contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Berwyn is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Berwyn home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Berwyn residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Berwyn also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 59.15% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Berwyn include Irish, German, Polish, and Czech.

Berwyn also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 25.66%.

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