Wheaton, IL
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Wheaton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 53,373 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Wheaton is the 26th largest community in Illinois.

Wheaton home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Wheaton real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Wheaton is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 90.18% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wheaton is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wheaton who work in management occupations (14.77%), office and administrative support (12.62%), and sales jobs (12.25%).

Also of interest is that Wheaton 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: 7.29% 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.

Another interesting thing about Wheaton, despite not being a huge city, is that there is a relatively high proportion of people living here who are young, single, and upwardly-mobile professionals. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Wheaton 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 city’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, Wheaton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Wheaton is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Wheaton, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

If knowledge is power, Wheaton is a pretty powerful place. 62.46% of the adults in Wheaton 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 Wheaton in 2010 was $46,614, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $186,456 for a family of four.

Wheaton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Wheaton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wheaton residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Wheaton include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Wheaton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Other Asian languages.