Population: 20,441

Male 48% Female 52%
Married 71%
Single 30%

City rating

This rating is a weighted average of commute time, crime rate, population, median salary, and more.


Overall value

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.

1,212 Lake Forest
27,441 New York

City Info

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.



Air quality

Average air quality


  • 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
  • 82.6%
    Homes owned
  • 11.6%
    Homes rented
  • 5.8%
    Homes vacant


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%.



Religious diversity

  • Crime rate (per 100,000)

  • Average age

  • Political majority

    Democrat Democrat


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
  • Service Occupations
  • Production, Transportation & Material Moving
  • Natural Resources, Construction & Maintenance
  • 97%
    High school diploma
  • 3%
    Some college or associates degree
  • 40%
    Bachelors 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

  • Public
  • Car
  • Carpool
  • 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.

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