La Grange, IL
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La Grange is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 15,610 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", 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 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.

One downside of living in La Grange, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.26 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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.

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 German, Polish, Italian, and English.

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