Wilmette, IL
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Wilmette is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 27,219 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 95.45% 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 (17.39%), sales jobs (11.77%), and business and financial occupations (11.36%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.73% 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.

In addition, Wilmette is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

Wilmette 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 village’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, Wilmette’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Wilmette, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 34.08 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the village are by private automobile, Wilmette is somewhat unusual for a village 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 Wilmette area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Wilmette, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Wilmette is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 81.11% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Wilmette in 2010 was $73,832, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $295,328 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 Russian.

In addition, Wilmette has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (18.02%).

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