Brookfield is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 18,694 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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Brookfield is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (16.08%), management occupations (10.43%), and sales jobs (9.51%).
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.
In Brookfield, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.61 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.
In Brookfield, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Brookfield is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
The citizens of Brookfield are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.02% of adults in Brookfield have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Brookfield in 2010 was $35,446, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $141,784 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 22.50% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Brookfield include German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and Czech.
The most common language spoken in Brookfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.