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Highland Park, IL
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Highland Park profile


Living in Highland Park



Highland Park is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 30,163 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.

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 19.46% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 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, Highland Park is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Highland Park 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 city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Highland Park has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Highland Park’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Highland Park is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Highland Park area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Highland Park. 76.43% 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 Highland Park in 2018 was $93,309, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $373,236 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, Irish, Polish, and English.

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