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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
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  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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Riverside is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 8,810. Riverside is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Riverside offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Riverside there are a lot of bars, 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
8,810

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$412,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,118
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    22%
  • Own
    78%
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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
    45.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    57.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    45.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    126.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    882.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    34.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    15%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    9%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    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
$113,025
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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We've lived here for 25 years, and can't image a better town for raising a family. Pretty diverse community, near Chicago, there is affluence, but not showy. Beautiful setting, very walkable, cute downtown with several excellent restaurants. Schools have been excellent for our children. Neighborhood is safe, though there are reports of things being stolen out of open garages.
Love the family-friendly atmosphere. Being the first planned suburb in the United States, Riverside is very historical. There are always friendly people everywhere. Train in the middle of town is very nice to have. Overall great location. There are beautiful parks and greenery everywhere. The only negative thing is that there is not a lot of business in the town, so the taxes are very high. However, with the Brookfield zoo being close, there is always things to do.