Park Ridge, IL
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Park Ridge is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 37,757 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 88.37% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Park Ridge is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Park Ridge who work in management occupations (15.28%), office and administrative support (13.37%), and sales jobs (12.35%).

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.

In addition, Park Ridge is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Park Ridge 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, Park Ridge really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Park Ridge 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.

In Park Ridge, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.13 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Park Ridge use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Park Ridge‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Park Ridge. 55.10% 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 2010 was $47,247, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $188,988 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 Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.

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