Glen Ellyn, IL
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Glen Ellyn is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 28,201 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 91.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Glen Ellyn is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Glen Ellyn who work in management occupations (17.75%), sales jobs (14.74%), and office and administrative support (10.54%).

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.

Of important note, Glen Ellyn is also a village of artists. Glen Ellyn has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Glen Ellyn’s character.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.10% 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, Glen Ellyn is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Glen Ellyn is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Glen Ellyn a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Glen Ellyn has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Glen Ellyn’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Glen Ellyn use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Glen Ellyn‘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 Glen Ellyn. 61.40% 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 $52,564, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $210,256 for a family of four. However, Glen Ellyn contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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, Polish, and English.

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