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 92.37% 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 (16.47%), sales jobs (12.73%), and office and administrative support (9.54%).
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: 8.21% 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 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 31.26 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.
Even though La Grange 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, La Grange is a pretty powerful place. 60.62% of the adults in La Grange 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 La Grange in 2010 was $49,823, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $199,292 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.