La Grange is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 15,440 people and four constituent neighborhoods, La Grange is the 160th largest community in Illinois.
La Grange home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but La Grange real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
La Grange is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 92.21% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, La Grange is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in La Grange who work in management occupations (17.51%), sales jobs (10.81%), and office and administrative support (10.40%).
Of important note, La Grange is also a village of artists. La Grange has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape La Grange’s character.
Also of interest is that La Grange 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: 8.32% 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, La Grange 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, La Grange 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, La Grange really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is La Grange 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 La Grange is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In La Grange, the average commute to work is 32.21 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 addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of La Grange’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
In La Grange, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though La Grange is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to La Grange, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. La Grange is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.29% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in La Grange in 2010 was $52,367, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $209,468 for a family of four.
La Grange is a somewhat ethnically-diverse village. The people who call La Grange home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of La Grange residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in La Grange include Irish, German, Polish, Italian, and English.
The most common language spoken in La Grange is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.