Naperville, IL
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Naperville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 147,100 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 92.66% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Naperville is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Naperville who work in management occupations (16.23%), sales jobs (15.23%), and office and administrative support (10.67%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.20% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Because of many things, Naperville is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Naperville 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 city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Naperville has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Naperville’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Naperville, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.48 minutes every day commuting to work. However, 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Naperville use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Naperville‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Naperville, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Naperville is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 66.07% 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 Naperville in 2010 was $46,620, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $186,480 for a family of four.

Naperville is a very 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 (18.08%).

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