Brookfield, IL
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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 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, Brookfield really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Brookfield 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.

One downside of living in Brookfield, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.79 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly village. 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.

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.

Brookfield is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 43.88% of adults in Brookfield have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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.