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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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River Forest is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 11,215. River Forest is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in River Forest offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In River Forest there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in River Forest and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in River Forest are highly rated.
About River Forest...
Population
11,215

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$575,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,273
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%
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River 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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    90.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    9
    6.1
  • Rape
    9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    81.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    352.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,140.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    54.2
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    12%
  • 25-34 years
    5%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in River Forest

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$106,947
National
$55,322
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River Forest Reviews

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It is a very safe place to study and live. I would recommend it for the student willing to follow a religious program of studies. The community and environment of the school makes it very unique, and one can have many friends from different cultures. In the winter time, there is a lot of snow! And, in my particular case I am enjoying to the maximum this type of weather since we don't have snow in Florida. One of the things that I would like the community of River Forest to have is movie theaters near campus. Thank you very much!
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River Forest has to be one of the most beautiful most peaceful towns I have ever lived in. The people are kind, helpful, and welcoming. My favorite part about living in River Forest has to be the beautiful houses. One of my favorite things to do is take walks during the summer and take in the beautifully designed houses. I think RIver forest is the perfect place to raise kids in. There are many parks and the park district holds summer camps over the summer to keep the children entertained. It's also very close to Chicago, you can easily get there on the train if needed.
This is a fantastic and safe community with amazing schools. Perfect for families with children who want easy access to Chicago but from a safe distance. The neighborhood is quiet. There have been some recent carjackings, however they are very rare and I feel safe walking down the street at any time of day. Most residents do not work in River Forest because it is such a small neighborhood, but there are many job opportunities in neighboring communities.