Evanston is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 77,517 people and 19 constituent neighborhoods, Evanston is the 14th 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 real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Evanston house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
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.
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 19.29% 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.
Evanston is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in Evanston enrolled in college, Evanston has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards 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.
One downside of living in Evanston, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.67 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 subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
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 68.26% 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 2018 was $57,626, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $230,504 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 11.77% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Evanston include German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
Evanston also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 17.24%.
The most common language spoken in Evanston is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.