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 89.88% 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 (14.48%), office and administrative support (12.39%), and sales jobs (12.09%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.76% 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.
Because of many things, Wheaton is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Wheaton a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Wheaton has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Wheaton’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Wheaton use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Wheaton‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
If knowledge is power, Wheaton is a pretty powerful place. 62.69% 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 $44,738, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $178,952 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 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.