Western Springs is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 13,479 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 94.47% 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 (19.68%), sales jobs (13.23%), and business and financial occupations (11.02%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.00% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Western Springs is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Western Springs is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Western Springs’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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 32.24 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.
In Western Springs, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Western Springs is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Western Springs is a pretty powerful place. 78.12% of the adults in Western Springs have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Western Springs in 2010 was $67,681, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $270,724 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 Irish, German, Italian, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Western Springs is English. Other important languages spoken here include Greek and Spanish.