Evanston, IL
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Evanston is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 75,527 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 93.17% 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 teaching (13.69%), management occupations (12.38%), and office and administrative support (10.47%).

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: 8.04% 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 30.35 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.

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. 66.42% 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 $41,340, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $165,360 for a family of four. However, Evanston contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Evanston is a very 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 10.12% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Evanston include Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.

Evanston also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.05%.

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