Riverside, IL
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Living in Riverside


Riverside is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 8,742 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 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.

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.

One downside of living in Riverside is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Riverside, the average commute to work is 32.20 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. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of Riverside’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

In Riverside, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Riverside is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town 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. 60.41% 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 $50,386, 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.