Crystal Lake, IL
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Living in Crystal Lake


Crystal Lake is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 39,829 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.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Crystal Lake is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Crystal Lake is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Crystal Lake who work in management occupations (14.96%), sales jobs (12.37%), and office and administrative support (10.37%).

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 great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Crystal Lake 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 city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Crystal Lake has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Crystal Lake’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Crystal Lake is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Crystal Lake, the average commute to work is 30.57 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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 education level of Crystal Lake ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Crystal Lake, 40.78% 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 Crystal Lake in 2018 was $39,314, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $157,256 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 13.32% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Crystal Lake include German, Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.

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