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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 9.41% 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". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Because of many things, Northbrook is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Northbrook a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Northbrook has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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.

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.