Winnetka is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 12,475 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Winnetka is the 190th 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.
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 20.97% 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, Winnetka 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.
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.
In Winnetka, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 36.08 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.
If knowledge is power, Winnetka is a pretty powerful place. 90.39% of the adults in Winnetka have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Winnetka in 2018 was $143,109, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $572,436 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 German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Winnetka is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.