A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    C+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$556,400
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,228
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    12%
  • Own
    88%

River Forest Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    116
    273
  • Murder
    9
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    45
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    669
    525
  • Theft
    1,623
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    27
    263

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$99,250
National
$53,889
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    17%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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Peaceful; historical; welcoming - welcome to your new home. Situated near the western limit of Chicago, River Forest offers an opportunity for those who wish to escape the 'hustle and bustle' of everyday city life. A far-cry from the lavish lifestyles experienced by those who call the 'Gold Coast' home, River Forest offers a competitive school system with a plethora of private and public schools, a safe environment for families, and an exciting atmosphere for adventure and development for children and adults of all ages. Harkening back to Chicago's roots as a melting pot, River Forest places a high priority on diversity, acceptance of a multitude of ideals, and fairness. Although property taxes and costs of living may seem daunting, the job opportunities, safety, and emphasis on cohesiveness places River Forest into the upper echelons of suburb living in-and-around Chicago.
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I LOVE THE RIVER FOREST NEIGHBORHOOD! There is soo much do in the area with small shops, target, gas stations, a small strip of food stores, etc. The people in the area are very friendly as well.
Great parks, amazing houses, friendly families however they tend to have their noses in the air. There are public schools in the area that will provide quality education but the private schools such as st luke and fenwick high school are extraordinary educational environments.