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Park Forest, Illinois - Basic Facts

The Village of Park Forest had a population of 21,520 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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Park Forest, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 21,520
Population in Households 21,209
Population in Familes 16,962
Population in Group Qrtrs 311
Population Density2 4,337
Diversity Index3 62


Median Household Income $50,569
Average Household Income $64,805
Per Capita Income $26,774


Total Housing Units 9,912 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 5,758 (58.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,866 (28.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,288 (13.0%)
Median Home Value $100,155
Average Home Value $108,355


Total Households 8,624
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 5,314
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.25% -0.16%
Households -0.18% -0.15%
Families -0.41% -0.25%
Median Household Income   0.89%
Per Capita Income   2.03%

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, 2018 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 # 116 92nd
Population Density # 68 95th
Diversity Index # 100 93rd
Median Household Income # 865 37th
Per Capita Income # 756 45th

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