Evanston, IL
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Evanston is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 74,895 people and 18 constituent neighborhoods, Evanston is the 15th largest community in Illinois. Much of the housing stock in Evanston was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

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 92.42% 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 (13.61%), teaching (13.35%), and sales jobs (9.79%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.18% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

One downside of living in Evanston is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Evanston, the average commute to work is 30.75 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. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Evanston’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Evanston is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Evanston, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Evanston, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Evanston is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 65.90% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Evanston in 2010 was $43,945, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $175,780 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 11.05% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Evanston include Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Evanston's cultural character, accounting for 18.79% of the city’s population.

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