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Are You Average? Cool Facts About Niles People

News flash! Niles is ethnic. You knew that, but the latest Census info brings surprises. Find out the median income, racial percentage breakdown, average family size, percentage of renters vs. owners, educational attainment, more. Are you average?

Are You Average? Cool Facts About Niles People


Americans like to think we know our home towns. Then along comes the U.S. Census Bureau, fleshing out fascinating facts and surprises that leave us agog.

The Census has released the American Fact Finder collection of reports. In reading the profile of Niles, a few things jump out. 

One is that almost a third of Niles is age 62 or older. Niles residents like to say seniors are attracted by the Niles Courtesy Bus and the excellent Senior Center--or maybe it's because people moved here in the 1960s to raise their kids and stayed--but whatever the reason, Niles skews older. 

Another is that a whopping 56.6 percent of residents speak a language other than English at home. Here's a complementary fact: 44.3 percent of residents are foreign born. 

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The complete snapshot of facts can be viewed a American Fact Finder, but here is a sampling of Census facts for Niles.

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Total Population


Median Age


Percent of population age 62 or more


Average household size


Average family size


Owner-occupied housing

74.3 percent

Renter-occupied housing

25.7 percent

Percent with a high school degree or higher 

82.3 percent

Percent with a bachelor's degree or higher

28.9 percent

Percent born in the U.S. or its territories

55.1 percent

Percent foreign born

44.3 percent, for a total of 13,160 people. Of those, 8,713 people are naturalized United States citizens, and 4,447 are not United States Citizens

Where the foreign born hail from

Of those 13,160 people, 45.5 percent come from Europe, 42.3 percent from Asia, 10.0 percent from Latin America and 1.8 percent from Africa.

Percent who speak English only at home

43.4 percent

Percent who speak a language other than English at home

56.6 percent


Of the 98 percent who identified as being one race (not multiracial), 76.2 said white, 16.7 percent said Asian, 3.4 percent said other, and 1.4 percent said black. Note: 2.1 percent said multiracial. (Numbers may not add to 100 percent due to rounding.)

Hispanic ethnicity

8.7 percent, or 2,599 people. (Note: Hispanics may be of any race, including choices such as white, black, multiracial or other)

Median household income


Mean household income


Median family income


Mean family income


Ancestry (only largest population groups listed)

Polish 21.8 percent, German 11.5 percent, Irish 7.2 percent, Italian 6.6 percent, Greek, 4.3 percent

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