Lake Forest is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 19,544 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 95.06% 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 (24.53%), sales jobs (14.22%), and business and financial occupations (9.95%).
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 14.01% 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.
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.
One downside of living in Lake Forest, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.31 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Even though Lake Forest is a smaller city, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train 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 Lake Forest, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Lake Forest is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 79.23% 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 Lake Forest in 2010 was $96,574, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $386,296 for a family of four.
Lake Forest is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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, German, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Lake Forest is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.