Palos Heights, IL
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Palos Heights is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 12,438 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.

Palos Heights is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 88.28% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (15.48%), office and administrative support (14.98%), and sales jobs (11.83%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.64% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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, Palos Heights 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, Palos Heights really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Palos Heights 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.

In Palos Heights, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.18 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.

In Palos Heights, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Palos Heights is a relatively small city. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

The education level of Palos Heights ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Palos Heights, 44.50% 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 2010 was $43,635, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $174,540 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Palos Heights include German, Polish, Italian, and Dutch.

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