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. 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 92.42% 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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.18% 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.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in Evanston, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, Evanston provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

In Evanston, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.75 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.

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 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.

In addition, Evanston has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.79%).

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