This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.
This score adds annual household income and cost of living to the city rating.
Density (Population per mile²)
Compared to New York, Lake Forest has a very low population density. Lake Forest is perfect for those who like a quiet city.
Lake Forest, IL is a great place to live. It has its pros and cons like any city, but with a quality of life rating of 9/10 and an overall value of 9/10, it’s no surprise why so many people choose to live here.
Population density is a way of determining how crowded an area is. Lake Forest has a population density of 1,212, with 20,441 current residents.
Out of the 20,441 current residents, 48% are male and 52% are female. 71% of the residents are married and 30% are single.
- 52% Sun
- 33% Rain
- 37% Snow
48°F average temperature
- 37 years Median home age
- $731,610 Median home price
- -13.96% Home appreciation rate
- 19.95% Annual property tax
As for living in Lake Forest, the air quality is 46% and the weather, on average, is 52% sunny, 33% rainy, and 37% snowy. The average temperature is 48°F.
Whether you’re looking to buy or rent a home in Lake Forest, you should know that 82.6% of homes are owned while 11.6% of homes are rented, and 5.8% of homes are vacant. The median price of a home is $731,610, the median age of homes is 37 years, the annual home appreciation is -13.96% and the annual property tax is 19.95%.
Crime rate (per 100,000)1
When looking at the community of Lake Forest, it’s important to determine the crime rate. Lake Forest’s crime rate is 1 total number of crimes reported per 100,000 total population. The average age of residents in Lake Forest is 41 years and the breakdown of political affiliations is 59.26% Democratic, 39.63% Republican, and 1.11% Independent.
Student teacher ratio 1:21
Management, Business, Art & Sciences
Sales & Office Occupations
Production, Transportation & Material Moving
Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
97%High school diploma
3%Some college or associates degree
34%Graduate or professional degree
When looking at Lake Forest, it’s important to understand employment statistics. 10.30% of residents are unemployed in Lake Forest (which does not include the percentage of residents who are no longer in the labor force). Of the employed Lake Forest residents: 36.5% of employed residents work in the management and business field, 25.68% are in the arts and sciences field, 5.9% are in the customer service field, 28.5% are in the sales field, 0.13% work in farming, fishing, and forestry, 1.8% of employed residents work in the construction field, and 1.5% work in production. When it comes to education, the ratio of teachers to students is 1:21. The percentage of residents who have graduated high school is 97.35%, 2.93% of residents have an associate’s degree, 39.78% of residents have a bachelor’s degree, and 34.46% have a master’s degree.
Average commute time
Daily breakdown: by transport type
Work at home
If you plan on commuting to work in Lake Forest, you should be aware that the average commute time is 34 minutes, compared to the national average commute time of 26 minutes. When it comes to commuting, residents of Lake Forest have a few different options. 69% of commuters use their own cars, 3% of commuters carpool, 12% of commuters use the transit system, and 10% of residents work from home.