Palos Heights, IL
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Palos Heights is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 12,545 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 90.03% 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 office and administrative support (15.52%), management occupations (15.44%), and sales jobs (12.95%).

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 33.01 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.

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.

Palos Heights is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.94% of adults in Palos Heights 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 Palos Heights in 2010 was $41,864, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $167,456 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 German, Polish, Italian, and Dutch.

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