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 a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 85.27% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (17.45%), management occupations (12.06%), and sales jobs (10.56%).

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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Westchester really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Westchester perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

Even though Westchester is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

The citizens of Westchester are very well educated compared to the average community in the nation: 37.06% of adults in Westchester have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Westchester in 2010 was $34,550, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $138,200 for a family of four. However, Westchester contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Westchester is an extremely 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 17.39% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Westchester include Italian, German, Polish, and English.

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