Riverdale, IL
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Riverdale is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 13,536 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Riverdale is the 182nd largest community in Illinois.

Riverdale is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Riverdale is a village of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Riverdale who work in office and administrative support (15.55%), sales jobs (9.66%), and healthcare (5.89%).

One downside of living in Riverdale is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Riverdale, the average commute to work is 36.41 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.

For a small village, Riverdale has a lot of people who use public transit to get to work, and those that do mostly ride the bus. This suggests that a real need for low-cost transportation in Riverdale exists, and local transit is helping to meet that need.

The citizens of Riverdale are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.81% of adults in Riverdale have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Riverdale in 2010 was $18,140, which is low income relative to Illinois, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $72,560 for a family of four. However, Riverdale contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

The people who call Riverdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Riverdale residents report their race to be Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Riverdale include Irish, African, Jamaican, and German.

The most common language spoken in Riverdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.