Wilmette is a small city in Illinois with a population of just over 27,000. It's a great place to raise a family, as children aged 5-14 account for a higher percentage of the population here (24%) than nationally (19%), while young adults account for a smaller percentage of the city. Renters tend to be in the minority in the city, and 88% of residents own their homes. With an average rent of $1,541 a month, exceeding the state average by $489 per month, relatively high rent costs may be a factor in the higher levels of ownership.
Averaging about 37 minutes, the commute time for Wilmette residents is slower than the Illinois average of about 32 minutes. Many residents (28%) drive their own vehicle to work, while public transportation is used by just 9% of the city. Walking isn't a common means of commuting to work.
Wilmette has a large concentration of residents older than 25 with advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 22% have earned a Master's or a Doctoral degree. In addition, 22% possess a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average. There are three primary industries in Wilmette: scientific, healthcare, and education. Combined, these industries account for 22% of the city's workforce. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many of the city's workers are in management, as 11% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. With an average annual income of about $141,000, Wilmette workers bring in more than their peers elsewhere in Illinois. The city's average income also compares favorably to the national average ($73,345).
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