Park Forest, IL
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Park Forest is a medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 21,954 people and six constituent neighborhoods, Park Forest is the 114th largest community in Illinois.

Unlike some villages, Park Forest isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Park Forest are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Park Forest is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Park Forest who work in office and administrative support (20.09%), sales jobs (9.41%), and teaching (7.91%).

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

In Park Forest, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.58 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the village are by private automobile, Park Forest is somewhat unusual for a village of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Park Forest area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The percentage of people in Park Forest who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.66% of adults in Park Forest have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Park Forest in 2010 was $22,159, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $88,636 for a family of four. However, Park Forest contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Park Forest is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Park Forest home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Park Forest residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Park Forest include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

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