Western Springs is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 13,391 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Western Springs is the 186th largest community in Illinois.
Western Springs home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Western Springs real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Western Springs is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 93.70% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Western Springs is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Western Springs who work in management occupations (20.14%), sales jobs (12.29%), and business and financial occupations (12.06%).
Of important note, Western Springs is also a village of artists. Western Springs has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Western Springs’s character.
Also of interest is that Western Springs has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In addition, Western Springs is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, Western Springs 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, Western Springs really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Western Springs 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.
One downside of living in Western Springs is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Western Springs, the average commute to work is 32.42 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Despite being a small village, Western Springs has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Western Springs, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Western Springs is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 76.80% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Western Springs in 2010 was $66,362, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $265,448 for a family of four.
The people who call Western Springs home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Western Springs residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Western Springs include German, Italian, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Western Springs is English. Other important languages spoken here include Greek and Spanish.