Wonder Lake, IL
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Wonder Lake is a very small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 3,929 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Wonder Lake is the 371st largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Wonder Lake is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Wonder Lake is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Wonder Lake who work in teaching (15.50%), office and administrative support (12.53%), and sales jobs (10.88%).

Because of many things, Wonder Lake is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Wonder Lake 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, Wonder Lake has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Wonder Lake’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Wonder Lake, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 35.54 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average.

Wonder Lake is a very car-oriented village. 0.97% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Wonder Lake is a small village , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Wonder Lake has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.

In terms of college education, Wonder Lake is substantially better educated than the typical community in the nation, which has 21.84% of the adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree: 31.98% of adults in Wonder Lake have a college degree.

The per capita income in Wonder Lake in 2010 was $27,650, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $110,600 for a family of four. However, Wonder Lake contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Wonder Lake is a somewhat ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Wonder Lake home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Wonder Lake residents report their race to be White. Wonder Lake also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.51% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Wonder Lake include Irish, Polish, Italian, and Swedish.

The most common language spoken in Wonder Lake is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.

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