By Sally Deneen
Chicagoland ranks eighth in the nation for its sprawling region of ZIP codes dominated by wealthy, highly-educated residents, a Washington Post national analysis shows. They're called "Super ZIPs." Do you live in one?
Here's a clue: The typical household income is $120,272 in the nation's 650 Super ZIP s, according to the Post, and most adults hold college degrees.
Several Chicago ZIP codes in and around The Loop are Super ZIPs, as are some farther-flung suburbs such as Barrington (60010), River Forest (60305), Wheaton (60189), Hinsdale (60521), Geneva (60134), Plainfield (60585) and several ZIP codes in Naperville.
Unsurprisingly, North Shore suburbs – Wilmette (60091), Glencoe (60022) and Winnetka (60093) – score the highest possible in the rankings, according to the Post's statistics, which take into account the median household income and share of adults with college degrees. On a scale of zero to 99, these North Shore 'burbs each snag a 99. Lake Forest and one Evanston ZIP code (60203) rate a 98. Highland Park scores a 97. Libertyville, Lake Zurich and Lake Bluff scored a 96.
Greater Washington, D.C., claims the country's "largest collection of Super ZIPs," the Post reports, making the nation's capital "a world apart." The White House on Pennsylvania Avenue just misses being in one of the megalopolis's 63 Super ZIPs, a contiguous geographic area that includes nearly 514,000 households.
East Manhattan places second on the list of the nation's largest contiguous Super ZIP collections, taking in nearly 232,000 households, according to the Post. Third-place Silicon Valley's San Jose, Calif., comes next, followed by Boston; Oakland, Calif.; Bridgeport, Conn.; Newark, N.J.; and Chicago.
In Chicagoland, more than 85,000 households across 141 contiguous square miles fall into Super ZIPs.
Morris doesn't make the list. That's due to the median household income of $63,300, according to the Post, and one in five adults is a college grad.