Wilmette, IL
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Wilmette is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 27,413 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Wilmette is the 79th largest community in Illinois.

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

Wilmette is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 95.85% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Wilmette is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wilmette who work in management occupations (16.44%), sales jobs (12.29%), and business and financial occupations (11.48%).

Of important note, Wilmette is also a village of artists. Wilmette has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Wilmette’s character.

Also of interest is that Wilmette 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: 11.15% 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.

In addition, Wilmette is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Wilmette 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, Wilmette really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Wilmette 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.

One downside of living in Wilmette, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.57 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

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

If knowledge is power, Wilmette is a pretty powerful place. 81.15% of the adults in Wilmette 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 Wilmette in 2010 was $68,953, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $275,812 for a family of four.

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

Wilmette also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 18.62%.

The most common language spoken in Wilmette is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Korean.