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  4. Nightlife
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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 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
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%
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Lake Forest Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    21
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    72
    500
  • Theft
    505
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    284
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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%

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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.
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A safe and opulent community with a tight social circle. Great parks, schools, and small-businesses situated throughout town. A lovely beach that residents can enjoy. The landscape is gorgeous and filled with beautiful trees.
Time and time again I find myself impressed with what Lake Forest has to offer it's residents. From the quaint and quiet downtown to the sprawling green parks and preserves, the natural beauty is not to be matched. Being so close to the lake has it's benefits. The beach is easily accessible and there's plenty of parking available. Not only does the beach provide a great place to visit but one can appreciate the cool breezes and temperate weather it gives during the hotter months. The only reason I didn't get five stars was because sometimes the attitude here is a bit shady. It's very common to hear about the "Lake Forest Bubble".Since this is a very wealthy and affluent area many people can get off pretty easily and think they're invincible, hence the term "bubble" was coined. However as long as you keep your head in the right place and remember to look beyond into the real world you'll avoid this "bubble" mentality.