Palos Hills, IL
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Palos Hills is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 17,565 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Palos Hills is the 145th largest community in Illinois.

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

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Palos Hills is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Palos Hills is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Palos Hills who work in office and administrative support (16.54%), sales jobs (12.73%), and management occupations (10.75%).

In Palos Hills, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.59 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 Hills 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 Hills citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 23.70% of adults in Palos Hills have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Palos Hills in 2010 was $28,825, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $115,300 for a family of four. However, Palos Hills contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Palos Hills is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Palos Hills home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Palos Hills residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Palos Hills include Irish, German, Italian, and Lithuanian.

Palos Hills also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 29.34%.

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