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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.37% 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", 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, 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.

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 31.73 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.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Hinsdale. 79.53% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

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.