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Forest Park, Illinois - Basic Facts

The Village of Forest Park had a population of 14,419 as of July 1, 2016. Forest Park ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Illinois. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Forest Park is located at latitude 41.8684 and longitude -87.8157 in Cook County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Forest Park (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.4 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Cook County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 623 feet.

The Village of Forest Park (GNIS ID: 2398896) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Forest Park is located within Township of Proviso, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cook County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Forest Park population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Forest Park: Harlem.

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Forest Park, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 14,419
Population in Households 14,244
Population in Familes 8,945
Population in Group Qrtrs 175
Population Density1 6,004
Diversity Index2 68


Total Households 7,327
Average Household Size 1.94
Family Households 3,133
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,894 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,318 (42.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,009 (50.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 567 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $218,914
Average Home Value $235,368


Median Household Income $53,311
Average Household Income $70,558
Per Capita Income $36,301
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.28% 0.28%
Households 0.37% 0.29%
Families 0.17% 0.15%
Median Household Income   0.34%
Per Capita Income   1.47%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Forest Park, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Forest Park to the other 1,368 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 169 88th
Population Density1 # 28 98th
Diversity Index2 # 64 95th
Median Household Income # 644 53rd
Per Capita Income # 160 88th

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