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River Forest is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 11,217. 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 coffee shops and 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
11,217

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$574,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,215
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%
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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
    90
    283
  • Murder
    9
    6
  • Rape
    9
    41
  • Robbery
    81
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    352
    500
  • Theft
    2,140
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    54
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$103,622
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    36%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    7%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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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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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.
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.