Northbrook, IL
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Northbrook is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 33,421 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 93.66% 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 (17.43%), sales jobs (13.76%), and office and administrative support (10.49%).

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: 10.67% 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", 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.

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.

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

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Northbrook, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Northbrook is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 68.33% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Northbrook in 2010 was $62,672, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $250,688 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, Russian, Polish, and Italian.

Northbrook also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.03%.

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