Park Ridge is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 38,278 people and nine constituent neighborhoods, Park Ridge is the 43rd largest community in Illinois.
Park Ridge home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Park Ridge real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.
Also of interest is that Park Ridge has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
A relatively large number of people in Park Ridge telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 15.04% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Park Ridge is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.
Because of many things, Park Ridge is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Park Ridge a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Park Ridge has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Park Ridge’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.
One downside of living in Park Ridge is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Park Ridge, the average commute to work is 30.35 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative.
Like elsewhere in America, most people in Park Ridge use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Park Ridge‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.
Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Park Ridge, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Park Ridge is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 62.37% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.
The per capita income in Park Ridge in 2018 was $63,056, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $252,224 for a family of four.
Park Ridge is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Park Ridge home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Park Ridge residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Park Ridge include German, Polish, Irish, Italian, and English.
The most common language spoken in Park Ridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.