Riverside, IL
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Riverside is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 8,835 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Riverside is the 239th largest community in Illinois. Much of the housing stock in Riverside was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

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 89.29% 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 (14.07%), office and administrative support (10.06%), and teaching (9.47%).

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.

In addition, Riverside is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

Because of many things, Riverside is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Riverside a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Riverside has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Riverside’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Riverside, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.41 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. 63.26% 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 2010 was $50,517, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $202,068 for a family of four.

Riverside is a somewhat 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 14.20% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Riverside include German, Italian, Polish, and English.

The most common language spoken in Riverside is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Serbo-Croatian.