Crystal Lake, IL
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Crystal Lake is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 40,036 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 neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. 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 management occupations (13.31%), sales jobs (13.30%), and office and administrative support (12.84%).

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.

One downside of living in Crystal Lake, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.53 minutes every day commuting to work.

The education level of Crystal Lake ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Crystal Lake, 41.39% 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 2010 was $36,739, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $146,956 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 12.51% 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.