Forest Park, IL
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Living in Forest Park


Forest Park is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 13,704 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Forest Park is the 172nd largest community in Illinois. Forest Park has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

Forest Park real estate is some of the most expensive in Illinois, although Forest Park house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.

Forest Park is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 88.29% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Forest Park is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Forest Park who work in office and administrative support (14.73%), management occupations (11.23%), and sales jobs (10.76%).

Also of interest is that Forest Park has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.67% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Forest Park, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the village.

One downside of living in Forest Park is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Forest Park, the average commute to work is 33.24 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 addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of Forest Park’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Even though Forest Park is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Forest Park, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Forest Park is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 50.37% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Forest Park in 2018 was $41,496, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $165,984 for a family of four. However, Forest Park contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Forest Park is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Forest Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Forest Park residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Forest Park include German, Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.

The most common language spoken in Forest Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Tagalog.