Hawthorn Woods, IL
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Hawthorn Woods is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 7,961 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Hawthorn Woods is the 261st largest community in Illinois.

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

Hawthorn Woods is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 93.46% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hawthorn Woods is a village of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hawthorn Woods who work in management occupations (32.07%), sales jobs (13.74%), and business and financial occupations (11.45%).

Also of interest is that Hawthorn Woods 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: 7.64% 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, Hawthorn Woods is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Hawthorn Woods is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Hawthorn Woods’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Hawthorn Woods is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Hawthorn Woods, the average commute to work is 35.29 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.

Despite being a small village, Hawthorn Woods has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Hawthorn Woods is a pretty powerful place. 65.24% of the adults in Hawthorn Woods 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 Hawthorn Woods in 2010 was $68,531, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $274,124 for a family of four.

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

In addition, Hawthorn Woods has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (17.07%).

The most common language spoken in Hawthorn Woods is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Russian.

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