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 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.
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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 32.24 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.
Even though Western Springs is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Western Springs. 78.12% 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 $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.