Wheaton is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 52,745 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 89.70% 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 (13.97%), office and administrative support (12.14%), and sales jobs (11.70%).
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: 8.11% 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.
One thing noticeable about Wheaton, although not a huge city, is that it has a large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. That’s because Wheaton is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Wheaton a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good 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.
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. 64.15% 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 2018 was $50,208, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $200,832 for a family of four.
Wheaton is a very 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 Arabic.