River Forest, IL Profile: Facts & Data


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River Forest, Illinois - Basic Facts

The Village of River Forest had a population of 11,063 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018)


Total Population 11,063
Population in Households 10,186
Population in Familes 8,745
Population in Group Qrtrs 877
Population Density2 4,461
Diversity Index3 39


Median Household Income $127,948
Average Household Income $192,295
Per Capita Income $71,142


Total Housing Units 4,181 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,400 (81.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 525 (12.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 256 ( 6.1%)
Median Home Value $649,497
Average Home Value $732,588


Total Households 3,925
Average Household Size 2.6
Family Households 2,729
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.12% -0.14%
Households -0.11% -0.17%
Families -0.21% -0.21%
Median Household Income   1.51%
Per Capita Income   1.35%

River Forest, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares River 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 # 206 85th
Population Density # 61 96th
Diversity Index # 264 81st
Median Household Income # 29 98th
Per Capita Income # 22 98th

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