Park Forest, Illinois Population 2024

20,316

Park Forest is a city located in Cook County and Will County Illinois. Park Forest has a 2024 population of 20,316. Park Forest is currently declining at a rate of -1.55% annually and its population has decreased by -6.05% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 21,624 in 2020.

The average household income in Park Forest is $66,788 with a poverty rate of 17.33%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Park Forest is 37.4 years, 33 years for males, and 40.4 years for females.

Park Forest Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 71.32%
  • White: 19.36%
  • Other race: 4.62%
  • Two or more races: 2.96%
  • Native American: 1.36%
  • Asian: 0.38%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
5.0 sq mi
Density (mi²)
4,094.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
-6.05% (-1,308)
The current population of Park Forest, Illinois is 20,316 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 21,624.

Park Forest, Illinois Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
Black or African American15,00771.32%
White4,07319.36%
Other race9734.62%
Two or more races6222.96%
Native American2871.36%
Asian800.38%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

Black or African American

White

Other race

Two or more races

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Park Forest Population by Race

Park Forest Population Pyramid 2024

Park Forest Median Age

37.4

Total

33

Male

40.4

Female

Park Forest Adults

There are 15,715 adults, (3,236 of whom are seniors) in Park Forest.

Park Forest Age Dependency

68.6

Age Dependency Ratio

25.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Park Forest Sex Ratio

Female11,46054.46%
Male9,58245.54%

Park Forest Population by Age

Park Forest Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All7,9762.5761.338.7
Non Family3,1891.116634
Married2,5283.5575.524.5
Female1,8233.5441.558.5
Male4363.527.372.7
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3.46

Average Family Size

2.57

Average Household Size

61.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Park Forest Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Park Forest Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Park Forest Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 95.73%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 63.75%.

Park Forest Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$43,316

Average Earnings

$42,022

Average Male

$44,439

Average Female

Park Forest Earnings by Educational Attainment

Park Forest Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Park Forest Language

92.12% of Park Forest residents speak only English, while 7.88% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.83% of the population.

Park Forest Language

Park Forest Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
Black14,8772,33715.71%
White3,66763117.21%
Hispanic1,52945229.56%
Other97322423.02%
Multiple62211919.13%
Native28711540.07%
Asian803543.75%
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17.33%

Overall Poverty Rate

15.59%

Male Poverty Rate

18.77%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Park Forest

The race most likely to be in poverty in Park Forest is Asian, with 43.75% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Park Forest is Black, with 15.71% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.79%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.52%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 33.06%.

Park Forest Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade44%
Some College17.77%
High School14.66%
Bachelors or Greater7.37%
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Park Forest Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Female Unemployed49.89%
Male Unemployed22.5%
Female Employed8.18%
Male Employed5.64%
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Park Forest Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Park Forest Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Park Forest Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

31.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.0%

Male Marriage Rate

27.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Park Forest Married by Age and Sex

male

female

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 35-44.

Park Forest Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Park Forest Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

662

Number of Veterans

582

Male Veterans

80

Female Veterans

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Park Forest Veterans by War

count

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Park Forest Veterans by Age

count

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Park Forest Veterans by Race

Park Forest Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

11.48%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.87%

Veteran Disability Rate

Park Forest Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

62.9%

Labor Force Participation

57.7%

Employment Rate

8.4%

Unemployment Rate

Park Forest Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Park Forest Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Park Forest Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

79.35%

Born in Park Forest

95.32%

Native Born

4.68%

Foreign Born

2.09%

Non Citizen

2.59%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.32% of Park Forest residents were born in the United States, with 79.35% having been born in Illinois. 2.09% 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

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
202918,721-319-1.68%
202819,040-319-1.65%
202719,359-319-1.62%
202619,678-319-1.6%
202519,997-319-1.57%
202420,316-319-1.55%
202320,635-319-1.52%
202220,954-319-1.5%
202121,273-351-1.62%
202021,6244472.11%
201921,177-192-0.9%
201821,369-218-1.01%
201721,587-197-0.9%
201621,784-159-0.72%
201521,943-127-0.58%
201422,070-44-0.2%
201322,114170.08%
201222,097330.15%
201122,064790.36%
201021,985-1,477-6.3%
200023,462-1,194-4.84%
199024,656-1,566-5.97%
198026,222-4,416-14.41%
197030,6386452.15%
196029,99321,855268.55%
19508,138
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Park Forest Population by Year