Highland Park is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 29,622 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 94.90% 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 (19.32%), sales jobs (13.11%), and business and financial occupations (8.70%).
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.
Also of interest is that Highland Park 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: 9.05% 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", 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.
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. 74.39% 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 $86,964, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $347,856 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 German, Russian, Polish, Irish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Highland Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.