Winnetka, IL
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Living in Winnetka


Winnetka is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 12,417 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Winnetka is the 199th largest community in Illinois. Winnetka has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

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

Winnetka is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 96.22% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Winnetka is a village of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Winnetka who work in management occupations (25.95%), business and financial occupations (16.64%), and sales jobs (14.86%).

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.52% 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, Winnetka 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, Winnetka is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Winnetka 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, Winnetka has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Winnetka’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Winnetka, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 35.92 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.

In Winnetka, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Winnetka is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Winnetka, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Winnetka is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 88.08% 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 Winnetka in 2010 was $102,663, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $410,652 for a family of four.

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

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