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 12,480 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%).

A relatively large number of people in Winnetka telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.52% 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". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.

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 is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Winnetka, the average commute to work is 35.92 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.

Even though Winnetka is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, Winnetka is a pretty powerful place. 88.08% of the adults in Winnetka 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 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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