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 (20.25%), teaching (10.86%), and sales jobs (9.97%).

One downside of living in Park Forest is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Park Forest, the average commute to work is 32.59 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

For the size of the village, public transportation in Park Forest is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Park Forest, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

The overall education level of Park Forest is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.17% of adults 25 and older in the village have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Park Forest in 2010 was $22,061, 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 $88,244 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.