Naperville, IL
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Naperville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 147,122 people and 32 constituent neighborhoods, Naperville is the fifth largest community in Illinois.

Naperville home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Naperville real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Naperville is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 92.47% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Naperville is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Naperville who work in management occupations (16.11%), sales jobs (14.88%), and office and administrative support (10.17%).

Also of interest is that Naperville 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: 8.10% 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.

Naperville 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 city’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, Naperville’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Naperville, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.65 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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Naperville is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Naperville area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Naperville. 65.49% 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 Naperville in 2010 was $46,905, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $187,620 for a family of four.

Naperville is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Naperville home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Naperville residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Naperville include Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

In addition, Naperville has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.28%).

The most common language spoken in Naperville is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.