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.

Palos Heights is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Palos Heights’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

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 citizens of Palos Heights are among the most well-educated in the nation: 44.50% of adults in Palos Heights 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 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.