Riverside is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 8,563 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Riverside is the 239th largest community in Illinois. Riverside has an unusually large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages.
Riverside home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Riverside real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Riverside is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 88.34% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Riverside is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Riverside who work in management occupations (14.05%), business and financial occupations (10.87%), and healthcare (10.04%).
Also of interest is that Riverside has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Of important note, Riverside is also a village of artists. Riverside has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Riverside’s character.
In addition, Riverside is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are educated, wealthy, executives and professionals, who have urbane tastes in books, food, and travel, whether they actually live in a big city, or choose to reside in a small town. In big or medium-sized cities, urban sophisticates tend to frequent art institutions such as opera, symphonies, ballet, live theatre, and museums.
Because of many things, Riverside 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, Riverside really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Riverside 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.
One downside of living in Riverside, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 33.34 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.
Despite being a small village, Riverside has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.
Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Riverside. 65.73% 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 Riverside in 2018 was $52,184, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $208,736 for a family of four.
Riverside is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Riverside home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Riverside residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Riverside also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.38% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Riverside include Irish, German, Polish, Italian, and English.
The most common language spoken in Riverside is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Slavic languages.