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.

A relatively large number of people in Wilmette telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.73% 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 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.

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.

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.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Wilmette. 81.11% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 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.