A small town located in Illinois, Essex has just under 1,000 residents. Middle-aged professionals will fit right in, as they account for an above-average percentage of the population, while young professionals are less well-represented. Renters tend to be in the minority in Essex, and 91% of residents own their homes. With an average rent of $1,291 a month, exceeding the state average by $239 a month, relatively high rent costs could be a contributing factor in the higher levels of ownership.
Essex has an average commute time of about 43 minutes, slower than the state average of about 32 minutes. Driving is the most common means of commuting to work, opted for by 40% of workers, while public transportation isn't used much. Walking isn't a common way to get to work.
Essex residents have a plethora of industries from which to choose, the most common four of which are healthcare, retail, warehousing, and entertainment. Combined, these industries make up 23% of the workforce in the town. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many of the town's workers are in sales, as 8% of the town's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any career path. With an average annual income of almost $89,000, Essex workers take home about $11,000 more than the average Illinois resident. The town's average income also compares favorably to the national average ($73,345). Essex has a relatively high concentration of residents older than 25 who possess an Associate's degree (7%) compared to the national average (5%). Further, 6% have a Bachelor's degree and 4% possess a Master's or Doctoral degree.
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