Park Ridge, IL
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Park Ridge is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 37,496 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 88.22% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Park Ridge is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Park Ridge who work in management occupations (15.98%), office and administrative support (12.68%), and sales jobs (12.37%).

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.

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.

One downside of living in Park Ridge is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Park Ridge, the average commute to work is 31.83 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Park Ridge is somewhat unusual for a city 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 Ridge area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Park Ridge. 56.51% 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 $48,655, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $194,620 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.