Highland Park, IL
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Living in Highland Park


Highland Park is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 30,176 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Highland Park is the 65th largest community in Illinois.

Highland Park home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Highland Park real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Highland Park is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 95.01% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Highland Park is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Highland Park who work in management occupations (21.43%), sales jobs (10.89%), and business and financial occupations (10.57%).

Also of interest is that Highland Park 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: 14.13% 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, Highland Park 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.

Highland Park 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 city’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, Highland Park’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Highland Park is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Highland Park, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Highland Park, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Highland Park is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 75.62% 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 Highland Park in 2018 was $90,133, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $360,532 for a family of four.

Highland Park is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Highland Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Highland Park residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Highland Park include German, Russian, Polish, Irish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Highland Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.