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.
A relatively large number of people in La Grange telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.59% 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 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.
La Grange is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the 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.
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.
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 60.03% 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 $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.