Oswego, IL

Oswego profile

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 $102,110.00.

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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Oswego is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-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 sales jobs (13.01%), management occupations (13.01%), and office and administrative support (11.91%).

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.

In Oswego, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.88 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.

Oswego is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.96% 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 $37,839, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $151,356 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 17.06% 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 Tagalog.