La Grange is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 15,581 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.
A relatively large number of people in La Grange telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.32% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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". 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, 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.
In La Grange, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.21 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 addition, the village is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.
Despite being a small village, La Grange has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get 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 La Grange. 62.29% 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 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.