Glen Ellyn, IL
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Living in Glen Ellyn


Glen Ellyn is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 28,045 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 91.80% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Glen Ellyn is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Glen Ellyn who work in management occupations (17.02%), sales jobs (15.83%), and office and administrative support (12.73%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.80% 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 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.

One downside of living in Glen Ellyn is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Glen Ellyn, the average commute to work is 30.49 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

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. 65.51% 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 $57,255, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $229,020 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 German, 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.