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Forest Park is a village in Cook County, in the Chicago metro area.

The latitude of Forest Park is 41.879N. The longitude is -87.813W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 623 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 15,406.


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Median household income
Local
$44,103
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Forest Park demographic reports
Former and merged names include:
· Harlem
The village grew after the Chicago fire of 1871.
Forest Park received national attention for the 1977 revelation that the remains of Mike Todd, the third husband of actress Elizabeth Taylor, had been dug up in a local cemetery. He was reburied under a headstone bearing his real name, Avrom Hirsch Goldbogen.
Local festivals include:
  • Forest Park Centennial Street Fest - Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2007
Dates often change. Check Forest Park web sites and events links in the sections below.
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 149

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Forest Park demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Cook County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Chicago area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 60153 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

14% of Forest Park residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Forest Park ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Forest Park was $26,045, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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36% of Forest Park residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Forest Park, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $621.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,317.


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Libraries in Forest Park include Forest Park Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Forest Park include Forest Park Review

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Cook County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Forest Park political report.

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The average commute time for Forest Park workers is 30 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 2 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Forest Park between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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