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 90.64% 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 (13.62%), sales jobs (10.62%), and office and administrative support (10.53%).

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 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.

In Riverside, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 32.20 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.

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 like to read, write and learn? If you move to Riverside, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Riverside is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 60.41% 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 Riverside in 2010 was $50,386, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $201,544 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 14.11% 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.