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 92.57% 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 (17.04%), sales jobs (13.74%), and office and administrative support (10.00%).

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: 8.31% 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 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, Naperville really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Naperville 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.

In Naperville, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.70 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Naperville is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Naperville, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Naperville. 65.97% 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 $48,139, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $192,556 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 (18.70%).

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