University Park is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 7,070 people and two constituent neighborhoods, University Park is the 280th largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, University Park is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, University Park is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in University Park who work in office and administrative support (20.39%), sales jobs (10.21%), and healthcare (8.79%).
In University Park, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 37.04 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 University Park, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though University Park is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
The population of University Park overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in University Park, 22.88% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in University Park in 2010 was $20,414, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,656 for a family of four. However, University Park contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
The people who call University Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of University Park residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in University Park include Irish, German, Nigerian, and French .
The most common language spoken in University Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.