Highland Park, IL
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Highland Park is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 29,641 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Highland Park is the 69th largest community in Illinois.

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

Highland Park is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.69% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Highland Park is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Highland Park who work in management occupations (19.81%), sales jobs (13.90%), and business and financial occupations (8.75%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Highland Park telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 10.27% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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, Highland Park 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, Highland Park 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, Highland Park really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Highland Park 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 Highland Park is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Highland Park, the average commute to work is 30.20 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Highland Park use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Highland Park‘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 Highland Park. 71.02% 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 Highland Park in 2010 was $77,511, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $310,044 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Highland Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.