Naperville, IL
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Naperville is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 147,682 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 (17.41%), sales jobs (13.17%), and office and administrative support (10.08%).

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: 8.93% 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.

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.

One downside of living in Naperville, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.57 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.

If knowledge is power, Naperville is a pretty powerful place. 66.75% of the adults in Naperville 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 Naperville in 2010 was $50,087, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $200,348 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 German, Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.

In addition, Naperville has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.90%).

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