Brookfield is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 18,494 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Brookfield is the 131st largest community in Illinois.
Brookfield real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Brookfield house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Unlike some villages, Brookfield isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Brookfield are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Brookfield is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Brookfield who work in office and administrative support (13.87%), management occupations (10.42%), and sales jobs (9.94%).
Also of interest is that Brookfield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Because of many things, Brookfield is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Brookfield a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Brookfield has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Brookfield’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Brookfield, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.79 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 village 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.
Even though Brookfield is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
The education level of Brookfield ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Brookfield, 43.88% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.
The per capita income in Brookfield in 2010 was $37,208, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $148,832 for a family of four. However, Brookfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Brookfield is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Brookfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Brookfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Brookfield also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 22.90% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brookfield include German, Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.
The most common language spoken in Brookfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.