La Grange, IL
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La Grange is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 15,723 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 91.40% 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 (16.42%), sales jobs (13.10%), and office and administrative support (9.85%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.59% 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, La Grange is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, La Grange is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making La Grange 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, La Grange has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, La Grange’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In La Grange, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.19 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. 60.03% 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 $46,271, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $185,084 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. La Grange also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.61% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in La Grange include German, Polish, Italian, and English.

The most common language spoken in La Grange is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Polish.