Oswego, IL
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Oswego is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 33,955 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Oswego is the 64th largest community in Illinois. Much of the housing stock in Oswego was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Oswego economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Oswego, where the median household income is $96,825.00.

Oswego real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Oswego house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Oswego is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 85.29% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oswego is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oswego who work in office and administrative support (18.46%), management occupations (13.39%), and sales jobs (12.03%).

Also of interest is that Oswego has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

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

In Oswego, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.99 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the village are by private automobile, Oswego 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 Oswego area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The education level of Oswego ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Oswego, 42.08% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Oswego in 2010 was $33,208, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $132,832 for a family of four.

Oswego is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Oswego home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oswego residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Oswego also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.49% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Oswego include Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

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