Brookfield, IL
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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 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 31.61 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.

Despite being a small village, Brookfield has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

Brookfield is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 40.02% 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 $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.