Evanston, IL
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Living in Evanston


Evanston is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 74,106 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Evanston is the 15th largest community in Illinois. Evanston has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities.

Evanston home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Evanston real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Evanston is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.03% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Evanston is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Evanston who work in management occupations (13.39%), teaching (13.36%), and sales jobs (9.86%).

Of important note, Evanston is also a city of artists. Evanston has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Evanston’s character.

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

A relatively large number of people in Evanston telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 9.57% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

In addition, Evanston is a college town. There are a lot of students in Evanston attending college, and as a result Evanston provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.

Not only is Evanston a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Evanston is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Evanston a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

One downside of living in Evanston, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.05 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Evanston use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Evanston‘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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Evanston. 65.72% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Evanston in 2018 was $49,263, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $197,052 for a family of four. However, Evanston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Evanston is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Evanston home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Evanston residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Evanston also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.76% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Evanston include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

In addition, Evanston has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.23%).

The most common language spoken in Evanston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.