Wheaton, IL
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Wheaton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 53,715 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 89.24% 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 (13.29%), sales jobs (12.49%), and office and administrative support (11.81%).

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.

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 ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Wheaton is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Wheaton area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Wheaton. 61.09% 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 Wheaton in 2010 was $42,106, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $168,424 for a family of four. However, Wheaton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

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