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 93.21% 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 (18.28%), sales jobs (13.33%), and office and administrative support (9.18%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.99% 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, Highland Park 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.
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.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Highland Park is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Highland Park, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
If knowledge is power, Highland Park is a pretty powerful place. 69.47% of the adults in Highland Park 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 Highland Park in 2010 was $68,688, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $274,752 for a family of four.
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 German, Polish, Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Highland Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Russian.