Amid occasional suggestions that Evanston should require city employees to live in town — or that housing prices are so steep here that the city should subsidize home purchases for employees, the question of how many city workers actually live in Evanston has often gone unanswered.

New City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says when residents asked him about it he didn’t know the answer either.

So he asked the city’s human resources staff to come up with the answer, which is:

Of the 1,057 full-time and permanent part-time workers on the payroll:

  • 33 percent live in Evanston.
  • 23 percent live in Chicago.
  • 7 percent live in Skokie.
  • 2 percent live in Glenview.
  • And the remaining 35 percent of city workers are spread across 127 other jurisdictions in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

No word on how residency is distributed across departments or different pay levels.

Amid occasional suggestions that Evanston should require city employees to live in town — or that housing prices are so steep here that the city should subsidize home purchases for employees, the question of how many city workers actually live in Evanston has often gone unanswered.

New City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says when residents asked him about it he didn’t know the answer either.

So he asked the city’s human resources staff to come up with the answer, which is:

Of the 1,057 full-time and permanent part-time workers on the payroll:

  • 33 percent live in Evanston.
  • 23 percent live in Chicago.
  • 7 percent live in Skokie.
  • 2 percent live in Glenview.
  • And the remaining 35 percent of city workers are spread across 127 other jurisdictions in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin.

No word on how residency is distributed across departments or different pay levels.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. At their pay rate?
    I would love to make the salary of any full-time city worker. If I can afford to live here (without subsidies) and work in social services, surely they can, too. It’s called Renting, and it’s all that most of us at Evanston’s nonprofits can afford to do.

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