Glen Ellyn, IL
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Glen Ellyn is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 28,042 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Glen Ellyn is the 78th largest community in Illinois.

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

Glen Ellyn is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 91.67% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Glen Ellyn is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Glen Ellyn who work in management occupations (16.99%), sales jobs (15.18%), and office and administrative support (11.55%).

Also of interest is that Glen Ellyn 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: 10.20% 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.

In addition, Glen Ellyn is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Glen Ellyn 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, Glen Ellyn really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Glen Ellyn 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the village are by private automobile, Glen Ellyn is somewhat unusual for a village of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Glen Ellyn 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 Glen Ellyn. 64.35% 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 Glen Ellyn in 2010 was $55,909, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $223,636 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Glen Ellyn is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.