Lake Forest, IL
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Lake Forest is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 19,408 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Lake Forest is the 125th largest community in Illinois.

Lake Forest home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Lake Forest real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Lake Forest is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 96.21% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lake Forest is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lake Forest who work in management occupations (25.53%), sales jobs (17.27%), and business and financial occupations (10.09%).

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

A relatively large number of people in Lake Forest telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 11.67% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Because of many things, Lake Forest is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Lake Forest a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Lake Forest has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Lake Forest’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Lake Forest, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Lake Forest is a relatively small city. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Lake Forest. 75.91% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Lake Forest in 2010 was $91,188, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $364,752 for a family of four.

The people who call Lake Forest home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Lake Forest residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Lake Forest include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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