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 91.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Glen Ellyn is a village of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Glen Ellyn who work in management occupations (17.63%), sales jobs (14.21%), and office and administrative support (11.83%).

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: 9.70% 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". 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 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.

For the size of the village, public transportation in Glen Ellyn is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Glen Ellyn, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Glen Ellyn is a pretty powerful place. 61.44% of the adults in Glen Ellyn have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Glen Ellyn in 2010 was $52,486, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $209,944 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, Polish, Italian, and English.

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