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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 12,744 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Winnetka is the 190th largest community in Illinois. Winnetka has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages.

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 97.92% 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 (22.19%), business and financial occupations (19.64%), and sales jobs (17.72%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 19.06% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

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 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 35.90 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. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of Winnetka’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

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. 91.62% 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 2018 was $134,596, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $538,384 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, German, English, Italian, and European.

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


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