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 96.12% 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 (16.05%), business and financial occupations (11.90%), and sales jobs (11.64%).

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 11.55% 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", 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.

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.

One downside of living in Wilmette is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Wilmette, the average commute to work is 34.09 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Wilmette use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Wilmette‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

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 $67,116, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $268,464 for a family of four.

Wilmette is a somewhat 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.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Wilmette's cultural character, accounting for 17.73% of the village’s population.

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