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 92.47% 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.

A relatively large number of people in Naperville telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.10% 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.

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.

One downside of living in Naperville, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.65 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.

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. 65.49% 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.

Naperville also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 19.28%.

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