Elmhurst is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 46,558 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Elmhurst is the 33rd largest community in Illinois.
Elmhurst home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Elmhurst real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Elmhurst is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.20% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Elmhurst is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Elmhurst who work in management occupations (18.41%), sales jobs (12.99%), and office and administrative support (10.75%).
Also of interest is that Elmhurst has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.25% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
Elmhurst is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Elmhurst’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Elmhurst is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Elmhurst, the average commute to work is 30.82 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.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Elmhurst is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Elmhurst area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Elmhurst is a pretty powerful place. 60.16% of the adults in Elmhurst have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Elmhurst in 2010 was $55,327, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $221,308 for a family of four.
Elmhurst is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Elmhurst home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Elmhurst residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Elmhurst include German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Elmhurst is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.