Crystal Lake, IL
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Crystal Lake is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 40,448 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Crystal Lake is the 40th largest community in Illinois.

Crystal Lake real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Crystal Lake house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Crystal Lake is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 85.20% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Crystal Lake is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Crystal Lake who work in sales jobs (14.44%), office and administrative support (14.07%), and management occupations (12.63%).

Also of interest is that Crystal Lake has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Crystal Lake 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, Crystal Lake really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Crystal Lake 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 Crystal Lake, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.77 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Crystal Lake use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Crystal Lake‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of Crystal Lake are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.84% of adults in Crystal Lake 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 Crystal Lake in 2010 was $34,673, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $138,692 for a family of four. However, Crystal Lake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Crystal Lake is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Crystal Lake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Crystal Lake residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Crystal Lake also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.20% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Crystal Lake include Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.

The most common language spoken in Crystal Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Indo-European.