Park Forest, Illinois Population 2021

20,856
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Park Forest is a city located in Cook County Illinois. With a 2020 population of 20,856, it is the 117th largest city in Illinois and the 1792nd largest city in the United States . Park Forest is currently declining at a rate of -0.84% annually and its population has decreased by -5.09% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 21,975 in 2010. Park Forest reached it's highest population of 30,638 in 1970. Spanning over 5 miles, Park Forest has a population density of 4,204 people per square mile.

The average household income in Park Forest is $62,021 with a poverty rate of 13.43%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,211 per month, and the median house value is $73,600. The median age in Park Forest is 39.3 years, 36.2 years for males, and 42.3 years for females.

Park Forest Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Park Forest was:

  • Black or African American: 66.38%
  • White: 27.15%
  • Other race: 3.19%
  • Two or more races: 2.82%
  • Asian: 0.46%
  • Native American: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Park Forest, Illinois is 20,856 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 21,387.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 21,975.

Park Forest, Illinois Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American14,31366.38%
White5,85527.15%
Some Other Race6883.19%
Two or More Races6082.82%
Asian990.46%
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Park Forest Population by Race

Park Forest Population Pyramid $2021

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Park Forest Median Age

39.3


Total

36.2


Male

42.3


Female

Park Forest Adults

There are 16,421 adults, (3,169 of whom are seniors) in Park Forest.

Park Forest Age Dependency

62.7

Age Dependency Ratio

23.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Park Forest Sex Ratio

Female

11,460

53.15%

Male

10,103

46.85%

Park Forest Population by Age

Park Forest Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Park Forest Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.1%26.9%
Male65.9%34.1%
All59.9%40.1%
Non Family56.4%43.6%
Female47.1%52.9%

59.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Park Forest Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All8,5902.4359.9
Non Family3,6051.1256.4
Married2,6883.3373.1
Female1,9543.4447.1
Male3433.5265.9

3.3

Average Family Size

2.43

Average Household Size

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Park Forest Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4883.27%
9th to 12th Grade4212.82%
High School Graduate3,76525.20%
Some College4,47929.98%
Associates Degree1,83912.31%
Bachelors Degree2,53816.99%
Graduate Degree1,4089.43%
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Park Forest Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Park Forest Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black9,2898,8342,281
White4,8444,4491,507
Hispanic58853580
Other Race2562389
2+ Races15315317
Asian817061

The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 75.31%.

Park Forest Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,021$42,686$38,303
Less Than 9th Grade$18,885$40,313$18,243
High School Graduate$33,468$41,310$27,254
Some College$39,620$46,082$36,369
Bachelors Degree$49,677$48,669$50,496
Graduate Degree$47,614$37,778$49,803

$40,021

Average Earnings

$42,686

Average Male

$38,303

Average Female

Park Forest Earnings by Educational Attainment

Park Forest Language by Age

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Park Forest Language

94.67% of Park Forest residents speak only English, while 5.33% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.54% of the population.

Park Forest Language

Park Forest Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black14,2311,66911.73%
White5,39486015.94%
Hispanic99017717.88%
Other68814120.49%
Multiple60712220.10%
Asian993737.37%

13.43%

Overall Poverty Rate

14.02%

Male Poverty Rate

12.90%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Park Forest

The race most likely to be in poverty in Park Forest is Asian, with 37.37% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Park Forest is Black, with 11.73% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.13%. Among those working part-time, it was 14.32%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.74%.

Park Forest Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade55.23%
High School12.86%
Some College12.49%
Bachelors or Greater8.06%

Park Forest Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed31.30%
Male Unemployed15.54%
Female Employed6.38%
Male Employed2.13%

Park Forest Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Park Forest Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,938$62,021
Families$61,564$74,890
Married Families$81,145-
Non Families$33,610$41,134
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Income by Household Type

Park Forest Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

33.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

37.2%

Male Marriage Rate

30.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Park Forest Married by Age and Sex

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Park Forest Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55-64.

Park Forest Marital Status by Race

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Park Forest Marital Status

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871

Number of Veterans

815

Male Veterans

56

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam244
Second Gulf War219
First Gulf War183
Korea68
World War II9

Park Forest Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54332
65 to 74227
75+175
18 to 3469
55 to 6468

Park Forest Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
Black5255.00%
White3386.32%
Hispanic132.07%
2+ Races84.15%

Park Forest Veterans by Race

Park Forest Veterans by Education

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10.33%

Veteran Poverty Rate

25.72%

Veteran Disability Rate

Park Forest Veterans by Education

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63.3%

Labor Force Participation

58.2%

Employment Rate

7.9%

Unemployment Rate

Park Forest Employment by Age

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Park Forest Employment by Race

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Park Forest Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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79.34%

Born in Park Forest

96.29%

Native Born

3.71%

Foreign Born

1.35%

Non Citizen

2.36%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

96.29% of Park Forest residents were born in the United States, with 79.34% having been born in Illinois. 1.35% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Park Forest Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202120,856-177-0.84%
202021,033-177-0.83%
201921,210-177-0.83%
201821,387-217-1.00%
201721,604-192-0.88%
201621,796-158-0.72%
201521,954-130-0.59%
201422,084-44-0.20%
201322,128190.09%
201222,109350.16%
201122,074770.35%
201021,997-1,465-0.64%
200023,462-1,194-0.50%
199024,656-1,566-0.61%
198026,222-4,416-1.54%
197030,6386450.21%
196029,99321,85513.93%
19508,1380.00%

Park Forest Population by Year