Chicago Ridge is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 14,373 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Chicago Ridge is the 171st largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some villages where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Chicago Ridge is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Chicago Ridge is a village of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Chicago Ridge who work in office and administrative support (22.60%), sales jobs (14.31%), and management occupations (6.35%).
In Chicago Ridge, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.12 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.
In Chicago Ridge, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Chicago Ridge is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Chicago Ridge rank slightly lower than the national average. 16.39% of adults 25 and older in Chicago Ridge have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Chicago Ridge in 2010 was $20,486, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $81,944 for a family of four. However, Chicago Ridge contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Chicago Ridge is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Chicago Ridge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Chicago Ridge residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Chicago Ridge also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.51% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chicago Ridge include Polish, German, Palestinian, and Italian.
In addition, Chicago Ridge has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (21.83%).
The most common language spoken in Chicago Ridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic and Polish.