The City of Evanston says less than 29 percent of the city’s full and part-time employees live in the city.

New figures from the city’s human resources unit show that, after Evanston, Chicago and Skokie are the most popular destinations for city workers to go home to at night.

The figures also show that the racial distribution of city employees roughly represents the population of the city as a whole, although Asians are substantially under-represented and blacks are slightly over-represented among city workers.

The comparison, with 2010 U.S. Census figures for Evanston residents, is imprecise, because the census allows people to assign themselves to multiple racial categories and treats Hispanic ethnicity as a separate category from race, while the city numbers indicate only one racial category and treat Hispanic ethnicity as if it were a racial category.

City workers also are relatively evenly distributed across most age brackets — except or those under 30 years of age and those 60 years of age and older.

In all the city has 838 full- and part-time employees, which City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says works out to a full-time-equivalent count of about 798. That’s down from 885 full-time-equivalent employees five years ago.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Not of great importance where employees live

    Over the years some have suggested city employees live here,  I do not think that is needed,

    The city offers the city manager a package to live here, and I believe a few other employees have that offer.

    I do find it interesting the city is under represented with Asian employees, – given they are usually the highest performing group on standardize tests, maybe the city should IQ test, to see how staff compares to the citizens of Evanston?  At least the manager, directors and above!  ( I am still looking for a rational budget )

    Then again we might spend years in city council meetings, trying to figure out how to correct the "gap".

  2. Residence

    Employees of the City of Evanston usually cannot afford to live in Evanston unless they are directors or managers of departments and earning significantly more than the union employees. I speak from experience. I worked in the City of Evanston for many years but had to move to Chicago a few years ago. I couldn't afford to pay Evanston  property taxes on my little salary. Most of the folks in my department also lived in Chicago or Skokie or points west, not in Evanston.


    1. Taxes too high for employees to live here?

      I have heard this statement quite a few times Evanston is too expensive for city employees to live. This does not quite add up.   The State – in data showed Evanston had over 20% of its housing as affordable. Also Census data has shown in the past over 7,500 residents are below the poverty line.  How can these people live here?

      City employees salaries as a group are well beyond poverty.  

      There are plenty of areas city employees can live in Evanston, they clearly do not want to live in the those neighborhoods.  Clearly they could live in the city newest neighborhood – "West Village".

      Again I do not care if city employees live here – but claiming its too expensive is not  a real issue,

  3. If the city employee lives

    If the city employee lives elsewhere, that employees property taxes and various city service payments are never recaptured. (As a give-back to the city, in essense.)

    In other words it makes a fiscally ruinous situation that much worse. That is why so many cities require their employees to live within the city limits.

    It is a built-in housing stabilizer, and budget stabilizer. But like all things, Evanston is too stupid to correct it. As far as under-representation of Asians – dont quote me but I believe they are excluded from Eeoc/ affirmative action.

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