Western Springs is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 13,629 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Western Springs is the 179th 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 95.03% 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 (21.87%), sales jobs (14.01%), and business and financial occupations (13.93%).
A relatively large number of people in Western Springs telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.71% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
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 31.88 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 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 79.53% 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 2018 was $80,877, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $323,508 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 Spanish and Greek.