River Forest, IL
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River Forest is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 11,132 people and two constituent neighborhoods, River Forest is the 204th largest community in Illinois. Much of the housing stock in River Forest was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.98% 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.

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.68 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, 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.

In River Forest, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though River Forest is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other 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.