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Top 10 Best Jobs in America's Richest Cities: Kenilworth, Illinois

Updated on April 20, 2017
Joseph Dunlop House, From the Frank Lloyd Wright walking tour in Oak Park, by E E Roberts
Joseph Dunlop House, From the Frank Lloyd Wright walking tour in Oak Park, by E E Roberts | Source

The Second Richest American Town

Kenilworth is a famous name in and around Chicago and its various suburbs. Incredibly, the Village of Kenilworth to the north has had access to multiple thousands of jobs since 2011. Part of this is explained by the fact that this upscale community is only about 16 miles north of Downtown Chicago. it is also explained in part by the surge in trucking industry jobs in America 2014 - 2017.

A total of eight communities have emerged on Lake Michigan near Chicago, on what is locally called the North Shore.

Kenilworth is one of the newest of the eight or nine North Shore upscale communities (depending on media sources), but is the 2nd richest place in America, right after Westlake, Texas. It is likely so successful because it is officially a planned community. Many of these communities are wealthy, because they are backed by talented developers in partnership with government and local business enterprises.

This planned community is different in that it was originated back in 1889 with Joseph Sears, and incorporated about 1896. A colleague of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed many homes in the village and other installations emerged (see photo below). Planning and implementation of improvements have continued across the centuries.


The Village is home to limited commercial businesses, single-family dwellings, and rental properties. Affordable housing is part of the mix as well. Local leaders promised in 2003 to raise the proportion of affordable housing units from 0.40% of total dwellings in 2003 to a full 10.0% of dwellings.

Since the land area covered by the Village is just over 1/2 square mile, redevelopment of properties is seen as the way to produce additional affordable housing as well as some new businesses and recreational areas. Thus, redevelopment can be beneficial in upscale communities, just as it is in closer to national-average income producing cities and towns.

Another part of redevelopment is the emergence of a district within the Village where homes and other buildings are in process of registration for the National Record of Historic Places.

Other Recognition Lists

Bloomberg BusinessWeek places Kenilworth as the Number Four Wealthiest Town in America after looking at residents' average net income ( $334,634) and average net worth ($1,619,702) for the 3rd Quarter of 2008. At this writing several years later, these averages are still high.

Zillow Real Estate and Reviews

A newer resource for finding and reviewing community information is, which offers public records information about property lots, homes and their owners, and mortgages around the country. Their page is at Zillow-Kenilworth, although the information differs somewhat form the Village website and local news media records.

It is interesting that Zillow reports that only 10% of the adults ages 18+ of the Village have not attended college and 50% have graduate degrees. This leads to the higher-than-national-average incomes.

Historic Kenilworth

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A markerKenilworth Historical Society -
415 Kenilworth Ave, Kenilworth, IL 60043, USA
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B markerKenilworth Train Station, -
400 Richmond Rd, Kenilworth, IL 60043, USA
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C markerKenilworth Club -
410 Kenilworth Ave, Kenilworth, IL 60043, USA
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D markerHiram Baldwin House -
205 Essex Rd, Kenilworth, IL 60043, USA
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Prairie Architecture: Kenilworth Club, 1907

The structure of this building clearly shows the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie style. Architect and designer George W. Maher was a colleague of Wright in Illinois.
The structure of this building clearly shows the influence of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie style. Architect and designer George W. Maher was a colleague of Wright in Illinois.

Prairie Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright

The Hiram Baldwin House in Kenilworth is on the National Register of Historic Place.
The Hiram Baldwin House in Kenilworth is on the National Register of Historic Place. | Source

Greenspace and Parks System

The park system in Kenilworth is upscale and well maintained with a number of parks and a youth sports program. Scouting is a popular activity among families in Kenilworth as well.

A summer camp is offered for 6 weeks each year between June and July and leadership training is offered youth ages 13 through 15 as Counselors-In-Training. Youth sports include basketball and T-ball, while other sports are offered to individuals and families in a sailing club, football, soccer, and baseball.

Why Scouting?

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A markerNorthbrook Court Mall -
1515 Lake Cook Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062, USA
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B markerWestfield Old Orchard Mall -
4905 Old Orchard Shopping Center, Skokie, IL 60077, USA
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A marker3001 Central Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201 -
3001 Central St, Evanston, IL 60201, USA
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B markerIllinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center -
9603 Woods Dr, Skokie, IL 60077, USA
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C markerKohl Childrens Museum -
2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview, IL 60026, USA
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Flute: Mitchell Museum of the American Indian

Economic and Job Growth

The Village of Kenilworth is one of the northern suburbs of Chicago, with over 105,000 job openings listed on average nearby throughout 2015 - 2016. Professional Truck Driving has skyrocketed with new jobs in this area, because Chicago is a transport hub and the Untied States is experiencing a long tern expansion in trucking and freight business. Some of this is related to oil and natural gas delivery from North Dakota.

Job openings are listed in nearby Chicago, Schaumburg. Deerfield, Oak Brook, and Northbrook, as well as in other nearby suburbs and the range of communities up and down the North Shore. Job vacancies 10 miles of the Village are involved heavily in Trucking & Freight, Food Distribution, Retail Groceries, and Healthcare. In a larger radius, we find many additional jobs in Information Technology and Trucking, with a cluster of Healthcare positions as well.

Trucking Companies are Hiring in Droves

These companies seek new workers in the Kenilworth-Chicago Area:

  1. USA Truck
  2. Rushmore Transportation
  3. Roehl Transport
  4. Hogan Transportation
  5. CRST Expedited Trucking
  6. Gordon Trucking

Top Hiring Companies

  1. Promed Personnel
  2. Cybercoders
  3. JPMorgan Chase
  4. AT&T
  5. Deloitte
  6. Columbia University
  7. Supplemental Health Care
  8. Ernst & Young
  9. Wyzant Tutoring
  10. IBM
  11. Navistar
  12. Advocate Health Care Network
  13. University of Chicago
  14. HCR Manorcare
  15. Resurrection Health Care
  16. American Mobile Health
  17. Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  18. Ajilon Professional Staffing
  19. Bank Of America Allstate
  20. Brookdale Senior Living

Top 10 Hot Jobs

  1. Occupational Therapists
  2. Physical Therapists
  3. Project Managers
  4. Sales Representatives
  5. Business Analysts
  6. Registered Nurses (RNs)
  7. Dental Assistants
  8. Administrative Assistants
  9. Customer Service Representatives (CSRs)
  10. Account Managers

Additional High Demand Jobs

  1. Financial Analysts
  2. Account Executives
  3. Java Developers
  4. Event Specialists
  5. Salespeople
  6. Senior Accountants
  7. General Dentists
  8. Barista Jobs - Full-time and part-time jobs


Kenilworth Apartments: Oak Park


America's Richest Places

Reference for "richness": Data provided by the US Census Bureau, based on median household incomes found in surveys administered 2005 - 2009 and further to 2012.

  1. Westlake TX
  2. Kenilworth III
  3. Mission Hills KS
  4. Popponesset Island MA (ties with Mission Hills)
  5. Plandome NY
  6. Hewlett Neck NY
  7. Munsey Park NY
  8. Plandome Manor NY
  9. North Beach FL
  10. Village of Chevy Chase Section Five, MD (ties with North Beach)

© 2011 Patty Inglish


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      sincerely25 6 years ago from United States

      This is a great hub! I can use this for when I go house shopping. Feel free to read my hubs and comment.

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      Richard Bivins 6 years ago from Charleston, SC

      Interesting hub Patty. I actually live just a few miles from Kenilworth, on the map I'm just where I90 and I94 come together, though I haven't been there since the early 90's when my dad and I were doing contracting work. Just north of that village is a town called Glencoe and I always thought that was the most wealthy suburb of Chicago. Good to learn something.. Thanks.

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Excellent...well researched, and filled with, useful and helpful info, as usual, Patty.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Awesome hub!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Congratulation for such great work you are doing here. Very comprehensive hubs.

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      What a grand scale hub, excellent your hubs are always filled with useful information, well research and beautiful writing. Thank you for sharing this historic town, and helping those out that are looking for work. Rate you up. Love & peace darski