Northbrook, IL
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Northbrook is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 33,663 people and seven constituent neighborhoods, Northbrook is the 55th largest community in Illinois.

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

Northbrook is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 94.80% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Northbrook is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Northbrook who work in management occupations (18.69%), sales jobs (14.40%), and business and financial occupations (10.96%).

Also of interest is that Northbrook 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: 9.41% 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.

In addition, Northbrook is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Northbrook 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, Northbrook really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Northbrook 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Northbrook use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Northbrook‘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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Northbrook. 69.13% 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 Northbrook in 2010 was $60,239, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $240,956 for a family of four.

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

Foreign born people are also an important part of Northbrook's cultural character, accounting for 18.01% of the village’s population.

The most common language spoken in Northbrook is English. Other important languages spoken here include Korean and Russian.