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 (24.19%), sales jobs (12.17%), and management occupations (6.23%).
One downside of living in Chicago Ridge is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Chicago Ridge, the average commute to work is 32.95 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
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.
The education level of Chicago Ridge citizens, measured as those with bachelor's degrees or advanced degrees, is similar to the national average for all American cities and towns. 17.09% of adults 25 and older in Chicago Ridge have a college degree.
The per capita income in Chicago Ridge in 2010 was $21,655, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $86,620 for a family of four. However, Chicago Ridge contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Chicago Ridge is a somewhat 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 14.18% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Chicago Ridge include Polish, German, Palestinian, and Italian.
Foreign born people are also an important part of Chicago Ridge's cultural character, accounting for 21.08% of the village’s population.
The most common language spoken in Chicago Ridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Arabic and Spanish.