Lake Forest is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 19,446 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.
A relatively large number of people in Lake Forest telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 14.01% 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 very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Lake Forest really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Lake Forest perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.
One downside of living in Lake Forest is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Lake Forest, the average commute to work is 30.31 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Despite being a small city, Lake Forest has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get 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. 79.23% 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 2018 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.