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 36,252 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 $103,352.00.

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 85.51% 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 sales jobs (15.16%), management occupations (13.54%), and office and administrative support (13.13%).

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.

Because of many things, Oswego 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, Oswego really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Oswego 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.

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 32.80 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Oswego use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Oswego‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The citizens of Oswego are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.61% of adults in Oswego have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Oswego in 2018 was $38,286, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $153,144 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 Asian. Oswego also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.24% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Oswego include German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and English.

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