Western Springs is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 13,369 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 93.51% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Western Springs is a village of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Western Springs who work in management occupations (21.30%), sales jobs (13.18%), and business and financial occupations (11.83%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.62% 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.
Because of many things, Western Springs is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Western Springs 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, Western Springs has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Western Springs’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One downside of living in Western Springs, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.54 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
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 have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Western Springs. 76.84% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.
The per capita income in Western Springs in 2010 was $61,790, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $247,160 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 Spanish and Greek.