Westchester, IL
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Westchester is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 16,729 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Westchester is the 151st largest community in Illinois.

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

Westchester is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Westchester is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Westchester who work in office and administrative support (17.79%), sales jobs (12.70%), and management occupations (10.53%).

Also of interest is that Westchester has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Because of many things, Westchester is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Westchester a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Westchester has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Westchester’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Westchester, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 30.45 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.

Despite being a small village, Westchester has a lot of people using the subway to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the subway are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

In terms of college education, Westchester is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 32.20% of adults in Westchester have a college degree.

The per capita income in Westchester in 2010 was $34,091, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $136,364 for a family of four. However, Westchester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Westchester is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Westchester home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Westchester residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Westchester also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 15.87% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Westchester include Italian, Polish, German, and English.

The most common language spoken in Westchester is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.