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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
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  9. Cost of Living
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Riverside is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 8,838. Riverside is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Riverside offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Riverside there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Riverside and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Riverside are highly rated.
About Riverside...
Population
8,838

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$395,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$985
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    23%
  • Own
    77%
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Riverside 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
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    126
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    23
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    57
    500
  • Theft
    997
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    34
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    18%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    29%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%

Working in Riverside

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$99,063
National
$55,322
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Riverside Reviews

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The neighborhood is peaceful and clean. Easy walk to and from school. Neighbors are approachable. Great restaurants and little shops. Grocery store is in walking distance from my home. The events are great. The place to live varies to fit your style or income. You can choose from a nice apartment in a large multi-unit building to a small one. The homes are beautiful! You can get close to nature by walking, jogging or biking on the trails or going to the forest preserves. Transportation is easily accessible. The metro train is located downtown Riverside which I like so my family and I can spend a day downtown.
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Riveside is a very safe place. It has a great school system which is one of the reasons my family still lives here. I wouldn't say the people are actually friendly, more snobbish. However, you can find a few you really like. The house are pretty and the surrounding area is nice. Horrible taxes. Seriously outrageous.
Small close knit community, everyone knows everyone. There are a lot of kids, I have many close friends that I have known since I was 5.