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 an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

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 (16.53%), sales jobs (10.62%), and food service (7.32%).

In Berwyn, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.86 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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 bus. For Berwyn, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The education level of Berwyn citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 20.71% of adults 25 and older in Berwyn have a college degree.

The per capita income in Berwyn in 2010 was $22,983, 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 $91,932 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. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in Berwyn, accounting for 61.59% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of Berwyn residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Berwyn include Irish, German, Polish, and Czech.

In addition, Berwyn has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (25.96%).

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