River Forest, IL


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River Forest is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 11,088 people and two constituent neighborhoods, River Forest is the 204th largest community in Illinois. River Forest has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages.

River Forest home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but River Forest real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

River Forest is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 93.53% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, River Forest is a village of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in River Forest who work in management occupations (14.03%), office and administrative support (11.71%), and sales jobs (11.16%).

Of important note, River Forest is also a village of artists. River Forest has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape River Forest’s character.

Also of interest is that River Forest has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 9.96% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

River Forest is also a college town, where lots of students live while attending area colleges. Because of the high percentage of people living in River Forest enrolled in college, River Forest has a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards the needs and activities of students.

Because of many things, River Forest 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, River Forest really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is River Forest 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 River Forest, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.94 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. In addition, the village is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Even though River Forest is a smaller village, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the train for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

If knowledge is power, River Forest is a pretty powerful place. 74.62% of the adults in River Forest have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in River Forest in 2010 was $66,585, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $266,340 for a family of four.

River Forest is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call River Forest home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of River Forest residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in River Forest include Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in River Forest is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Indic languages.