Forest Park is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 14,339 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Forest Park is the 171st 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 90.45% 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 (12.86%), management occupations (11.52%), and healthcare (9.30%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 11.25% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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 33.73 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.
In Forest Park, a lot of people use the subway to get to work every day though Forest Park is a relatively small village. Those that ride the subway are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.
If knowledge is power, Forest Park is a pretty powerful place. 51.68% of the adults in Forest Park have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Forest Park in 2018 was $46,969, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $187,876 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. Forest Park also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.68% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Forest Park include Irish, German, Italian, Polish, and English.
The most common language spoken in Forest Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.