River Forest, IL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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River Forest, Illinois - Basic Facts

The Village of River Forest had a population of 10,660 as of July 1, 2017. 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 41.8949 and longitude -87.8191 in Cook County. The formal boundaries for the Village of River Forest (see map below) 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with River Forest population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for River Forest: Harlem, Thatcher.

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River Forest, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 10,660
Daytime Population: Workers 5,214
Daytime Population: Residents 5,570
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 10,784
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.01
Population in Households 9,786
Population in Familes 8,365
Population in Group Qrtrs 874
Population Density2 4,299
Diversity Index3 38


Median Household Income $128,646
Average Household Income $192,112
Per Capita Income $71,122


Total Housing Units 4,180 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,263 (78.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 516 (12.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 401 ( 9.6%)
Median Home Value $646,665
Average Home Value $677,076


Total Households 3,779
Average Household Size 2.59
Family Households 2,623
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 -0.64% -0.33%
Households -0.65% -0.35%
Families -0.78% -0.44%
Median Household Income   1.69%
Per Capita Income   1.66%

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, 2017 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 # 212 85th
Population Density # 74 95th
Diversity Index # 269 80th
Median Household Income # 27 98th
Per Capita Income # 21 99th

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