Highland Park is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 29,743 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 94.14% 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 (19.00%), sales jobs (13.46%), and healthcare (8.64%).
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.41% 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, Highland Park 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.
Highland Park 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 city’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, Highland Park’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Highland Park, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Highland Park is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 71.15% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Highland Park in 2010 was $73,056, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $292,224 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 Russian.