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.
One thing that you will notice about Wheaton is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Wheaton a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.
Because of many things, Wheaton 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, Wheaton really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Wheaton 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.
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.
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.