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West Union, IL

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Overview


West Union is a tiny town located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 271 people and just one neighborhood, West Union is the 781st largest community in Illinois. West Union has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic towns.

Occupations and Workforce

West Union is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, West Union is a town of sales and office workers, managers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in West Union who work in office and administrative support (29.41%), sales jobs (21.57%), and management occupations (15.69%).

Setting & Lifestyle

Overall, West Union’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.

The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, West Union has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes West Union a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.

As is often the case in a small town, West Union doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.

Demographics

In West Union, just 9.30% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in West Union in 2018 was $30,909, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $123,636 for a family of four. However, West Union contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

West Union is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call West Union home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of West Union residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in West Union include German, English, Irish, European, and Welsh.

The most common language spoken in West Union is English. Other important languages spoken here include Italian and Polish.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in West Union, the neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.

People

Astoundingly, NeighborhoodScout's research reveals that this single neighborhood has a higher concentration of married couples living here than 97.1% of all U.S. neighborhoods. Whether they have school-aged children or not, married couples are the rule in the neighborhood. If you are a married couple, you may find many people here with a similar lifestyle, and perhaps common interests. But if you are single, you might not find many other singles here.

In addition, the neighborhood is a great option for families, as revealed by NeighborhoodScout's research on this neighborhood. The combination of top public schools, low crime rates, and owner-occupied single family homes, make this neighborhood among the top 6.8% of family-friendly neighborhoods in the state of Illinois. Many other families also live here, making it easy to socialize and develop a sense of community. In addition, families here highly value education, as is reflected by the strength of the local schools.

Real Estate

This neighborhood has wide open spaces, few people, and lots of space to stretch out. If you like locations that fit that description, you may like this neighborhood. Based on NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis, with only 16 people per square mile living here, this neighborhood is less crowded than 95.5% of America.

Modes of Transportation

While most Americans do drive to work alone each day, the neighborhood stands out by having 89.2% of commuters doing so, which is a higher proportion of people driving alone to work than NeighborhoodScout found in 95.3% of all American neighborhoods.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the neighborhood in West Union are upper-middle income, making it an above average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's exclusive analysis reveals that this neighborhood has a higher income than 65.9% of the neighborhoods in America. In addition, 1.6% of the children seventeen and under living in this neighborhood are living below the federal poverty line, which is a lower rate of childhood poverty than is found in 76.8% of America's neighborhoods.

A neighborhood is far different if it is dominated by enlisted military personnel rather than people who earn their living by farming. It is also different if most of the neighbors are clerical support or managers. What is wonderful is the sheer diversity of neighborhoods, allowing you to find the type that fits your lifestyle and aspirations.

In the neighborhood, 47.1% of the working population is employed in executive, management, and professional occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is manufacturing and laborer occupations, with 32.0% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (13.2%), and 7.4% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 99.0% of households. Some people also speak Italian (2.0%).

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Culture is the shared learned behavior of peoples. Undeniably, different ethnicities and ancestries have different cultural traditions, and as a result, neighborhoods with concentrations of residents of one or another ethnicities or ancestries will express those cultures. It is what makes the North End in Boston so fun to visit for the Italian restaurants, bakeries, culture, and charm, and similarly, why people enjoy visiting Chinatown in San Francisco.

In the neighborhood in West Union, IL, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (19.4%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (15.3%), and residents who report English roots (14.3%), and some of the residents are also of French ancestry (3.7%), along with some Scottish ancestry residents (2.3%), among others.

Getting to Work

Even if your neighborhood is walkable, you may still have to drive to your place of work. Some neighborhoods are located where many can get to work in just a few minutes, while others are located such that most residents have a long and arduous commute. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 30 and 45 minutes commuting one-way to work (38.2% of working residents), which is at or a bit above the average length of a commute across all U.S. neighborhoods.

Here most residents (89.2%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (5.6%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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