Geneva, IL
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Geneva is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 21,806 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Geneva is the 117th largest community in Illinois.

Geneva home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Geneva real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Geneva is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.17% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Geneva is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Geneva who work in management occupations (15.65%), sales jobs (13.07%), and office and administrative support (12.65%).

Also of interest is that Geneva has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

A relatively large number of people in Geneva telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.64% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 of many things, Geneva is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Geneva really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Geneva perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Geneva use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Geneva‘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 Geneva. 54.32% 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 Geneva in 2010 was $44,516, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $178,064 for a family of four.

The people who call Geneva home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Geneva residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Geneva include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

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