Winnetka, IL
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Winnetka is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 12,472 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 95.68% 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 (26.46%), business and financial occupations (14.16%), and sales jobs (12.72%).

Also of interest is that Winnetka 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 Winnetka telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.94% 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, Winnetka 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.

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 ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Winnetka, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 36.40 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.

Despite being a small village, Winnetka has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Winnetka. 87.85% 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 Winnetka in 2010 was $100,506, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $402,024 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.