Riverside, IL
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Riverside is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 8,645 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Riverside is the 239th largest community in Illinois. Riverside has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, 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 89.92% 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 (14.34%), business and financial occupations (12.81%), and sales jobs (10.38%).

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". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Riverside 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, Riverside’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

In Riverside, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.69 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit. In addition, the village is also quite pedestrian-friendly, because many neighborhoods are very dense and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Even though Riverside 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.

If knowledge is power, Riverside is a pretty powerful place. 62.71% of the adults in Riverside have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Riverside in 2010 was $54,722, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $218,888 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 14.28% 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.