Palos Heights, IL
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Living in Palos Heights


Palos Heights is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 12,626 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Palos Heights is the 194th largest community in Illinois.

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

Unlike some cities, Palos Heights isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Palos Heights are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Palos Heights is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Palos Heights who work in management occupations (13.99%), office and administrative support (13.16%), and sales jobs (10.02%).

Also of interest is that Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.39% 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.

One downside of living in Palos Heights is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Palos Heights, the average commute to work is 32.41 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Even though Palos Heights is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The education level of Palos Heights ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Palos Heights, 44.43% 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 Palos Heights in 2018 was $43,717, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $174,868 for a family of four.

The people who call Palos Heights home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Palos Heights residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Palos Heights include Irish, German, Polish, Italian, and Dutch.

The most common language spoken in Palos Heights is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Greek.