River Forest, Illinois Population 2021

10,664
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River Forest is a city located in Cook County Illinois. With a 2020 population of 10,664, it is the 211th largest city in Illinois and the 2966th largest city in the United States . River Forest is currently declining at a rate of -0.71% annually and its population has decreased by -4.55% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 11,172 in 2010. River Forest reached it's highest population of 13,402 in 1970. Spanning over 2 miles, River Forest has a population density of 4,300 people per square mile.

The average household income in River Forest is $228,127 with a poverty rate of 3.58%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,143 per month, and the median house value is $596,900. The median age in River Forest is 41.7 years, 41.8 years for males, and 41.7 years for females.

River Forest Demographics

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

  • White: 85.21%
  • Black or African American: 6.19%
  • Asian: 3.86%
  • Two or more races: 2.94%
  • Other race: 1.81%
  • Native American: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of River Forest, Illinois is 10,664 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 10,892.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 11,172.

River Forest, Illinois Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White9,34785.21%
Black or African American6796.19%
Asian4233.86%
Two or More Races3222.94%
Some Other Race1991.81%
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River Forest Population by Race

River Forest Population Pyramid $2021

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River Forest Median Age

41.7


Total

41.8


Male

41.7


Female

River Forest Adults

There are 8,163 adults, (1,835 of whom are seniors) in River Forest.

River Forest Age Dependency

73.4

Age Dependency Ratio

29

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.4

Child Dependency Ratio

River Forest Sex Ratio

Female

5,692

51.89%

Male

5,278

48.11%

River Forest Population by Age

River Forest Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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River Forest Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married94.3%5.7%
All88.8%11.2%
Non Family81%19%
Female80.4%19.6%
Male59.4%40.6%

88.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

River Forest Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All3,9712.5388.8
Married2,5043.1694.3
Non Family1,1471.0481
Female2143.0980.4
Male1062.7459.4

3.12

Average Family Size

2.53

Average Household Size

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River Forest Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade280.41%
9th to 12th Grade360.52%
High School Graduate2924.24%
Some College76411.10%
Associates Degree2273.30%
Bachelors Degree2,66138.65%
Graduate Degree2,87741.79%
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River Forest Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

River Forest Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White5,9885,9494,921
Black389377202
Asian238238202
Hispanic234209196
2+ Races636332
Other Race584545

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 84.87%.

River Forest Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$86,739$121,967$62,018
Less Than 9th Grade$$$
High School Graduate$38,375$37,688$
Some College$52,159$49,135$52,667
Bachelors Degree$82,407$122,625$48,466
Graduate Degree$120,309$153,417$80,100

$86,739

Average Earnings

$121,967

Average Male

$62,018

Average Female

River Forest Earnings by Educational Attainment

River Forest Language by Age

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River Forest Language

86.45% of River Forest residents speak only English, while 13.55% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other Indo-European, which is spoken by 6.16% of the population.

River Forest Language

River Forest Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White8,4373053.62%
Black607426.92%
Hispanic526132.47%

3.58%

Overall Poverty Rate

2.48%

Male Poverty Rate

4.61%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in River Forest

The race most likely to be in poverty in River Forest is Black, with 6.92% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in River Forest is Hispanic, with 2.47% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.10%. Among those working part-time, it was 4.08%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 7.35%.

River Forest Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade9.38%
Some College8.27%
High School3.77%
Bachelors or Greater2.14%

River Forest Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed17.65%
Male Employed2.08%
Female Employed1.74%
Male Unemployed0.00%

River Forest Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

River Forest Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$129,928$228,127
Families$191,293$282,063
Married Families$203,438-
Non Families$73,603$94,624
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Income by Household Type

River Forest Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

59.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

64.3%

Male Marriage Rate

56.1%

Female Marriage Rate

River Forest Married by Age and Sex

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River 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 45-54.

River Forest Marital Status by Race

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River Forest Marital Status

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323

Number of Veterans

310

Male Veterans

13

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam119
Korea50
First Gulf War34
Second Gulf War13
World War II

River Forest Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+168
65 to 74102
55 to 6429
35 to 5424
18 to 34

River Forest Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White3074.32%
Black163.05%

River Forest Veterans by Race

River Forest Veterans by Education

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7.74%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.58%

Veteran Disability Rate

River Forest Veterans by Education

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64.6%

Labor Force Participation

63.2%

Employment Rate

2.2%

Unemployment Rate

River Forest Employment by Age

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River Forest Employment by Race

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River 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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63.43%

Born in River Forest

90.88%

Native Born

9.12%

Foreign Born

3.25%

Non Citizen

5.86%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.88% of River Forest residents were born in the United States, with 63.43% having been born in Illinois. 3.25% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Europe.

River Forest Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202110,664-76-0.71%
202010,740-76-0.70%
201910,816-76-0.70%
201810,892-105-0.95%
201710,997-21-0.19%
201611,018-115-1.03%
201511,133-106-0.94%
201411,239-61-0.54%
201311,300480.43%
201211,252410.37%
201111,211290.26%
201011,182-453-0.40%
200011,635-34-0.03%
199011,669-723-0.60%
198012,392-1,010-0.78%
197013,4027070.54%
196012,6951,8721.61%
195010,8231,3361.33%
19409,4876580.72%
19308,8294,4717.32%
19204,3580.00%

River Forest Population by Year