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River Forest, Illinois - Basic Facts

The Village of River Forest had a population of 10,898 as of July 1, 2019. River 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 River Forest is located at latitude 41.8978 and longitude -87.8139 in Cook County. The formal boundaries for the Village of River Forest encompass a land area of 2.48 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Cook County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 630 feet.

The Village of River Forest (GNIS ID: 2399084) 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 River Forest is located within Township of River Forest, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cook County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for River Forest: Harlem, Thatcher.

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River Forest, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

River Forest, IL Housing Affordability Index is 93
State of Illinois Housing Affordability Index is 119
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

River Forest, IL Wealth Index is 320
State of Illinois Wealth Index is 105
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 10,898 (100%)
Population in Households 10,021 (92.0%)
Population in Families 8,570 (78.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 877 ( 8.0%)
Population Density 4,395
Diversity Index2 39
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $137,669
Average Household Income $204,926
Per Capita Income $74,205
Wealth Index4 320

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 4,191 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,353 (80.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 510 (12.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 328 ( 7.8%)
Median Home Value $639,969
Housing Affordability Index3 93
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 3,863
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 2,686
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population -0.27% -0.29%
Households -0.27% -0.33%
Families -0.36% -0.37%
Median Household Income   1.74%
Per Capita Income   1.21%

River Forest, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares River Forest to the other 1,369 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 207 85th
Population Density # 63 95th
Diversity Index # 270 80th
Median Household Income # 26 98th
Per Capita Income # 25 98th

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