West Chicago, IL

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Living in West Chicago

West Chicago is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 27,045 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, West Chicago is the 80th largest community in Illinois.

West Chicago real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although West Chicago 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, West Chicago is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, West Chicago is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in West Chicago who work in office and administrative support (9.88%), sales jobs (9.52%), and food service (7.61%).

In terms of college education, West Chicago is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.94% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in West Chicago in 2018 was $27,011, which is middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,044 for a family of four. However, West Chicago contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Chicago is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call West Chicago home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. People of Hispanic or Latino origin are the most prevalent group in West Chicago, accounting for 52.87% of the city’s residents (people of Hispanic or Latino origin can be of any race). The greatest number of West Chicago residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in West Chicago include German, Italian, Irish, Polish, and English.

Foreign born people are also an important part of West Chicago's cultural character, accounting for 34.72% of the city’s population.

The most common language spoken in West Chicago is Spanish. Other important languages spoken here include English and Langs. of India.