River Forest, IL
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Living in River Forest


River Forest is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 10,903 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 92.99% 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 (13.56%), office and administrative support (12.50%), and sales jobs (9.91%).

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.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 10.98% 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.

Because there are quite a few people attending college in River Forest, it is thought of as a college town. To the benefit of the many students in the area, River Forest provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared towards their needs and activities.

River Forest 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 village’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, River Forest’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in River Forest is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In River Forest, the average commute to work is 33.68 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of River Forest’s neighborhoods are dense enough 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.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to River Forest, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. River Forest is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 74.93% 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 River Forest in 2010 was $73,339, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $293,356 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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in River Forest include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

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