Evanston, IL
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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 92.52% 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 (14.24%), teaching (13.82%), and office and administrative support (9.24%).

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: 8.81% 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.

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 decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

In Evanston, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.29 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the city is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Evanston 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 subway helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Evanston area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Evanston. 65.26% 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 2010 was $45,956, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $183,824 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 11.49% 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 (19.30%).

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