Lake Forest is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 19,367 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Lake Forest is the 128th 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 95.96% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Lake Forest is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Lake Forest who work in management occupations (21.87%), sales jobs (14.23%), and business and financial occupations (10.23%).
A relatively large number of people in Lake Forest telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 17.86% 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.
Lake Forest is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Lake Forest’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
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 32.35 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.
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 81.24% 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 2018 was $98,058, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $392,232 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 German, Irish, English, Polish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Lake Forest is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.