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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Lake Forest is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 18,931. Lake Forest is in Lake County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Lake Forest offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Lake Forest there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Lake Forest and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Lake Forest are highly rated.
About Lake Forest...
Population
18,931

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$855,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,815
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%
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Lake Forest 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
A
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    20.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    72.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    504.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    4%
  • 35-44 years
    9%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    13%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%

Working in Lake Forest

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$169,122
National
$55,322
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Moved to Lake Forest from Hinsdale due to a job change and wow am I impressed. Lake Forest does an excellent job utilizing corporate tax revenue to keep property taxes extremely low. From the beach to preserves and the meticulously manicured estates, I didn't know beauty like this existed. Surprisingly, the community is very close and the people are much friendlier than expected. Neighbors actually know each other. The community is very active as well. Hinsdale will always hold a special place in my heart but I am more than happy with LF.
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If you enjoy living in an area where money has created attitude, entitlement, and obnoxiousness, you would enjoy living here. Some families have been here for generations - I mean really? There was nowhere else to go? Kids are as obnoxious as the parents and is shown through all the disciplinary issues there are in the schools. Avoid this pretentious, arrogant, area. Go somewhere friendlier.
We like living in Lake Forest. It is a beautiful town, with terrific beach, quaint downtown, great schools & good infrastructure. Plus the tax mill rate is lower in LF than in neighboring communities; we pay less in taxes yearly. The area has great restaurants, lots of things to do, good shopping, etc. Also we like the express train into Chicago.

Like any city, the people are a mix. Yes, the town does have its share of fancy mansions and the club member set, but there are also a lot of friendly, down to earth people here too. It is a nice safe town, and a good place to raise a family.

We enjoy the festivals and town events, as well as take advantage of those offered in neighboring communities. The community has good sidewalks and bike trails. We like being able to bike to the beach and to downtown. It is such a pretty community and a nice place to live.