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". 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.

Winnetka 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, Winnetka’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Winnetka, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.40 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.

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 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 87.85% 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 $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.