Palos Park, IL
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Palos Park is a very small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 4,888 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Palos Park is the 342nd largest community in Illinois.

Palos Park home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Palos Park real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Palos Park is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Palos Park is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Palos Park who work in management occupations (15.26%), healthcare (14.84%), and office and administrative support (14.80%).

Of important note, Palos Park is also a village of artists. Palos Park has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Palos Park’s character.

Also of interest is that Palos Park 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: 7.55% 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 Park 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 village’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 Park’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Palos Park, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.25 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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

The education level of Palos Park ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Palos Park, 44.06% 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 Park in 2010 was $48,766, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $195,064 for a family of four.

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

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