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Park Forest, Illinois - Basic Facts

The Village of Park Forest had a population of 21,640 as of July 1, 2016. Park Forest 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 Park Forest is located at latitude 41.4817 and longitude -87.6868 in Cook County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Park Forest (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.96 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Cook County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 712 feet.

While the primary coordinates for Village of Park Forest are located in Cook County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Will County.

The Village of Park Forest (GNIS ID: 2399622) 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 Park Forest is located within Township of Rich, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cook County.

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

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


Total Population 21,640
Population in Households 21,333
Population in Familes 16,955
Population in Group Qrtrs 307
Population Density1 4,361
Diversity Index2 62


Total Households 8,671
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 5,340
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 9,918 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,744 (57.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,927 (29.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,247 (12.6%)
Median Home Value $88,891
Average Home Value $99,891


Median Household Income $48,852
Average Household Income $59,328
Per Capita Income $24,545
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.25% -0.13%
Households -0.15% -0.06%
Families -0.46% -0.22%
Median Household Income   -0.39%
Per Capita Income   0.99%
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.

Park Forest, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Park Forest 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 # 117 92nd
Population Density1 # 69 95th
Diversity Index2 # 95 93rd
Median Household Income # 823 40th
Per Capita Income # 807 41st

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Illinois Census Data Comparison Tool.