"Ozzie and Harriet" Land
 
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TOPICS COVERED: When we read about the Kenyan tradition of elderly women marrying younger women to keep the money away from men, we said, "Fascinating." When we read that the ideal mate amongst Kuwaiti bedouins was a first cousin, we casually observed, "Well, that explains why the divorce rate's so low." When we read about falling marriage rates in Scandinavia, and kids who never leave home in Italy, we scratched our heads and said, "Hmm." When we read about Naperville, Illinois, we yelled, "No way!!! Are you kidding???? This can't possibly be real, can it?"

So for all you post-modernist revisionist relativists whose mission is to strip away the idea that a family has always meant and can only mean a mom, a dad, 2.3 kids, with mandatory picket fence and optional dog (that includes us, by the way), this page ought to confound you. Apparently, Ozzie and Harriet do exist, and they're in Naperville. And not only are they alive and well, they are extraordinarily well. They are living the life we dreamed about, and didn't think really existed. In fact, for quite a few years running, a lot of people are moving to Naperville to get that Ozzie and Harriet life, and we can't blame them. If it wasn't so cold in the winter, we might just pack up and move there ourselves.
 
MEMOS ON RELATED INFORMATION: American Dream, Keeping Up With the Joneses, Housing, Poverty
 
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NAPERVILLE SOCIAL AND FAMILY INFORMATION

NAPERVILLE ECONOMY AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

 
 

NAPERVILLE SOCIAL AND FAMILY INFORMATION

 
 
 
Naperville is 28 miles outside of Chicago, so it's considered part of the Chicago environs. 1.
 
 
 
Its 2003 Population is 137,894, up 7.4 percent from 2000. 2.
 
 
 
According, to the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau website, Naperville is a “master planned community.” 3.
 
 
 
"Oh, To Be a Kid in Naperville!"
– Headline for 2004 U.S. Census press release, in light of how Naperville consistently was at the top, or near it, in the nation for good stats, and had the lowest or almost lowest ranking for the bad stats. 4.

 
 
According to the U.S. Census, “If you were a child living in Naperville, Ill., your chances of living with two married parents, a householder in the labor force, in an owned home or above the poverty level were highest or next to highest among children in all [U.S.] cities with at least 100,000 people . . . . " 5.
 
 
 
Fewest children in unmarried partner families –
Naperville had only one percent of children living in unmarried-partner households, compared to the national average of 5.7 percent. Only two percent were not sons or daughters of the householder. 6.
 
 
 
Fewest children not living with two married parents –
Only 9 percent of children in Naperville ... did not live with two married parents, compared to the national average of 32 percent. 7.
 
 
 
Second highest
Naperville has the second highest percent of married households in the country: 69.2 percent. 8.
 
 
 
More Ozzies –
Naperville was among the cities with the lowest percentage of children living with a householder not in the labor force. 9.

 
 
– and more Harriets –
Just 45.2 percent of Naperville’s families are dual-earner families, while the national rate is 58.6 percent. 10.
 
 
 
Fewest children in poverty –
Also, the city had one of the lowest poverty rates for children under 18 – just two percent compared to the national average of 17.5 percent. And they have the lowest rate of children in homes receiving public assistance – 0.4 percent (and the national average is 5.7 percent.). 11.
 
 
 
Almost 85 percent participation –
Naperville's recycling rate. Which is one of the highest in the nation. Well, of course, it is. Is it just us, or are you starting to hate these people, too? 12.
 
 
 
No. 1 "Outstanding Library in the Country"
was, for the fifth consecutive year, you guessed, it, in Naperville. 13.
 
 
 
Zero Population Growth has named Naperville, depending on the year, No. 1 or No. 2 as the most "Kid-Friendly" City in America. 14.
 
 
 
Okay, fine. But does all that mean their kids are better than ours? Well . . .

Schools have a 96.6 percent graduation rate.
 
98 percent of the Naperville kids plan to go to college.
 
Their test scores are 20-30 percent higher than the state average.
 
The schools gotten national and international awards / recognition.
 
In 1999, an international study ranked Naperville 8th graders as No. 1 in the world for science. 15.
 

 
 

NAPERVILLE SOCIAL AND FAMILY INFORMATION

 
 

NAPERVILLE ECONOMY AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

 
 
While Naperville was originally settled in 1831, by Joseph Naper, things apparently took off in 1966, when AT&T built a lab there.

Since then, other companies have also built large facilities around the place. 16.

 
The property tax is around six percent, depending on your exact location. They say that’s the lowest rates in the Chicago area. 17.
 
 
 
79.7 percent
of Naperville residents 25 and older are high school graduates, compared to the national average of 66.2 percent. 18.
 
 
 
96.3 percent
of Naperville residents 25 and older are high school graduates, compared to the national average of 80.4 percent. 19.
 
 
 
60.6 percent
of Naperville residents 25 and older are college graduates, compared to the national average of 24.4 percent. 20.
 
 
 
Uh, but hey – if it makes you feel any better – at least it takes them longer to get to work . . . by seven minutes or so . . . . 21.
 
 
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1. _________, "Official Naperville Visitor Website," Naperville Visitor and Convention Center bureau. Accessed at: http://www.visitnaperville.com/index.htm
2. _______, "Naperville: Quick Facts," U.S. Census. Accessed at http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/17/1751622.html on October 6, 2005.
3. _________, "Official Naperville Visitor Website," Naperville Visitor and Convention Center bureau. Accessed at: http://www.visitnaperville.com/index.htm
4. ________, "Oh, To Be A Kid in Naperville: Census Bureau Reports on Children And Their Homes," Press Release, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC (March 16, 2004). Archived at: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/census_2000/001713.html
5. ________, "Oh, To Be A Kid in Naperville: Census Bureau Reports on Children And Their Homes," Press Release, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC (March 16, 2004). Archived at: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/census_2000/001713.html
6. ________, "Oh, To Be A Kid in Naperville: Census Bureau Reports on Children And Their Homes," Press Release, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC (March 16, 2004). Archived at: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/census_2000/001713.html
7. ________, "Oh, To Be A Kid in Naperville: Census Bureau Reports on Children And Their Homes," Press Release, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC (March 16, 2004). Archived at: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/census_2000/001713.html
8. "Oh, To Be A Kid in Naperville: Census Bureau Reports on Children And Their Homes," Press Release, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC (March 16, 2004). Archived at: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/census_2000/001713.html and Tavia Simmons and Martin O’Connell, Married-Couple and Unmarried-Partner Households: 2000, Census 2000 Special Reports, CENSR-5 U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC. (February 2003). Archived at: http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/censr-5.pdf
9. ________, "Oh, To Be A Kid in Naperville: Census Bureau Reports on Children And Their Homes," Press Release, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC (March 16, 2004). Archived at: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/census_2000/001713.html
10. ________, "Oh, To Be A Kid in Naperville: Census Bureau Reports on Children And Their Homes," Press Release, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC (March 16, 2004). Archived at: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/census_2000/001713.html See also Fields, Jason, Children and their Living Arrangements and Characteristics: March 2002, Current Population Reports P20-547, US Census Bureau, Washington, DC (2003). Archived at: http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/p20-547.pdf
11. ________, "Oh, To Be A Kid in Naperville: Census Bureau Reports on Children And Their Homes," Press Release, U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, DC (March 16, 2004). Archived at: http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/releases/archives/census_2000/001713.html See also Fields, Jason, Children and their Living Arrangements and Characteristics: March 2002, Current Population Reports P20-547, US Census Bureau, Washington, DC (2003). Archived at: http://www.census.gov/prod/2003pubs/p20-547.pdf
12. _________, "Official Naperville Visitor Website," Naperville Visitor and Convention Center bureau. Accessed at: http://www.visitnaperville.com/index.htm on October 5, 2005.
13. _________, "Official Naperville Visitor Website," Naperville Visitor and Convention Center bureau. Accessed at: http://www.visitnaperville.com/index.htm on October 5, 2005.
14. _________, "Official Naperville Visitor Website," Naperville Visitor and Convention Center bureau. Accessed at: http://www.visitnaperville.com/index.htm on October 6, 2005.
15. _________, "District 203 Facts," Naperville School District webpage. Accessed at http://www.ncusd203.org/!general/facts.shtml on October 6, 2005. _________, "Official Naperville Visitor Website," Naperville Visitor and Convention Center bureau. Accessed at: http://www.visitnaperville.com/index.htm on October 6, 2005.
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