Western Springs, IL
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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 94.05% 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 (20.41%), sales jobs (12.78%), and business and financial occupations (12.39%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.47% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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 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.

In Western Springs, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.01 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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 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 77.82% 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 $64,974, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $259,896 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.

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