Northbrook, IL
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Northbrook is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 33,167 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 93.50% 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 (17.73%), sales jobs (12.71%), and business and financial occupations (11.60%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.11% 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.

In addition, Northbrook is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Northbrook 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 village’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, Northbrook’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the village are by private automobile, Northbrook is somewhat unusual for a village of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Northbrook area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

If knowledge is power, Northbrook is a pretty powerful place. 68.09% of the adults in Northbrook 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 Northbrook in 2010 was $63,330, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $253,320 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 German, Irish, Polish, Russian, and Italian.

In addition, Northbrook has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (19.62%).

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