Oswego, IL
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Living in Oswego


Oswego is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 34,585 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Oswego is the 54th largest community in Illinois.

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 neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Oswego is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oswego who work in teaching (13.26%), sales jobs (13.12%), and management occupations (11.70%).

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.

A relatively large number of people in Oswego telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.59% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Because of many things, Oswego is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Oswego 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, Oswego has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Oswego’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Oswego is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Oswego, the average commute to work is 31.29 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Oswego is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.26% of adults in Oswego have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Oswego in 2018 was $37,053, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $148,212 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 20.83% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Oswego include German, Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.

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