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.

A relatively large number of people in Wilmette telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.15% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Wilmette is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Wilmette 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 village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Wilmette has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local 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 33.57 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.

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.