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 educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, Park Ridge is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Park Ridge a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Park Ridge has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Park Ridge’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Park Ridge, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.13 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Park Ridge, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Park Ridge is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 55.10% 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 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.