Hinsdale, IL
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Hinsdale is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 17,628 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Hinsdale is the 149th largest community in Illinois.

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

Hinsdale is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 95.94% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hinsdale is a village of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hinsdale who work in management occupations (22.27%), sales jobs (16.14%), and business and financial occupations (12.43%).

Also of interest is that Hinsdale 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: 8.37% 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, Hinsdale 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.

Because of many things, Hinsdale is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Hinsdale 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 village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Hinsdale has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Hinsdale’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Hinsdale, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.73 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

In Hinsdale, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Hinsdale is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

If knowledge is power, Hinsdale is a pretty powerful place. 79.53% of the adults in Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale in 2010 was $79,370, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $317,480 for a family of four.

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

The most common language spoken in Hinsdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.