Park Ridge is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 36,950 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Park Ridge is the 50th largest community in Illinois.
Park Ridge home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Park Ridge real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Park Ridge is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.53% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Park Ridge is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Park Ridge who work in management occupations (17.51%), sales jobs (13.06%), and office and administrative support (11.49%).
Also of interest is that Park Ridge has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.39% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.
In addition, Park Ridge is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.
Park Ridge 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, Park Ridge’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
In Park Ridge, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.43 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.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Park Ridge is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Park Ridge, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Park Ridge. 59.97% 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 Park Ridge in 2018 was $57,022, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $228,088 for a family of four.
Park Ridge is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Park Ridge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Park Ridge residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Park Ridge include German, Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.
The most common language spoken in Park Ridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.