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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.27% 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.
Because of many things, Highland Park is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Highland Park a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Highland Park has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Highland Park’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Highland Park, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.20 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
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. 71.02% 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 $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.