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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Forest Park is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 14,127. Forest Park is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Forest Park offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Forest Park there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Forest Park and residents tend to be liberal.
About Forest Park...
Population
14,127

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$229,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$984
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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Forest Park Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    207.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    93.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    229.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    444.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,301.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    516.1
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    17%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in Forest Park

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$55,359
National
$55,322
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Forest Park Reviews

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If you're looking for a place to take the family even if it's for ice cream, a movie in the park, summer fests, or to explore the downtown area, then this is the place to go. With so many activities the community does and provides you wouldn't want to miss it! Everyone is very friendly and looks out for one another.
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Forest Park is an ideal suburb with a small, close connected feel yet with super fast access to the big city - both resources afforded there and access to Chicago via train, metro, and bus if you don't feel like driving! There are parks everywhere (kids and dogs!) and many local activities to be involved in. Not to mention the best neighborhood pool around...
Living in Forest Park is not a bad experience. The town always has something going on. There are plenty of things for your children to do while parents are at work. The park district of Forest park has day camp that allows your child to meet new people, make friends, and have fun. Forest Park also has a pool that's always fun to go to. In Forest Park they also do events for the whole family like Fireworks in the park and the Rib Fest. One of my favorite events to attend is the St. Patrick's Day parade. There are so many people who come out for a good time and it's great to be around people with positive vibes. Forest park is really not a bad place to live.