Park Ridge is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 36,950 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Park Ridge is the 50th 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.
Park Ridge is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 89.53% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Park Ridge is a city of managers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Park Ridge who work in management occupations (17.51%), sales jobs (13.06%), and office and administrative support (11.49%).
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.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 7.39% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.
Park Ridge is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The city’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Park Ridge’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.
One downside of living in Park Ridge, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.43 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.
Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Park Ridge is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Park Ridge area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.
If knowledge is power, Park Ridge is a pretty powerful place. 59.97% of the adults in Park Ridge have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.
The per capita income in Park Ridge in 2018 was $57,022, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $228,088 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, Irish, Polish, Italian, and English.
The most common language spoken in Park Ridge is English. Other important languages spoken here include Polish and Spanish.