Hinsdale, IL
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Hinsdale is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 17,705 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 96.44% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hinsdale is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hinsdale who work in management occupations (21.70%), sales jobs (15.28%), and business and financial occupations (10.97%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.36% 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, 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 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, Hinsdale really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Hinsdale 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.

One downside of living in Hinsdale is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Hinsdale, the average commute to work is 33.09 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Hinsdale is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Hinsdale is a pretty powerful place. 79.62% 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 $84,924, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $339,696 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, German, Italian, English, and Polish.

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