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 35,237 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Oswego is the 64th largest community in Illinois. Oswego has seen a significant amount of newer housing growth in recent years. Quite often, new home construction is the result of new residents moving in who are middle class or wealthier, attracted by jobs, a healthy local economy, or other amenities as they leave nearby or far away areas for greener pastures. This seems to be the case in Oswego, where the median household income is $101,191.00.

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.

Unlike some villages, Oswego isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Oswego are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. 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 (15.23%), sales jobs (13.82%), and management occupations (13.40%).

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 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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.13 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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.

Oswego is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 42.76% 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 2010 was $36,472, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $145,888 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 15.06% 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 Langs. of India.