A small city in Illinois, Skokie has a population of slightly less than 65,000. Retirees are widely prevalent, as they account for 20% of the population compared to 14% nationally, while young adults figure less prominently in the demographics. With an average age of just over 42, the city's population is older than most cities in Illinois. Home ownership is more common than renting in Skokie, and 28% of residents rent. With an average rent of $1,255/month, exceeding the state average by $203 a month, relatively high rent costs could be a factor in the higher levels of ownership.
Skokie has a high percentage of residents over the age of 25 who have advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 11% possess a Master's degree or a Doctorate. Additionally, 21% have a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average. There are three primary industries in Skokie: healthcare, retail, and education. Combined, these industries account for 22% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the city's workers are in sales, as 8% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any profession. Skokie workers bring in an average annual income of about $86,000, around $9,000 more than the Illinois average. The city's average income also compares favorably to the national average ($73,345).
With an average commute time of about 32 minutes, longer than most cities in Illinois, Skokie residents find that traveling to work takes some patience. Driving a vehicle is the most common way to get to work, opted for by 38% of commuters, while public transportation is used by only 4% of the city. Few commuters walk to work.
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