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Park Forest is a village in Cook County, in the Chicago metro area. (The community straddles Cook and Will counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

The latitude of Park Forest is 41.491N. The longitude is -87.674W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 712 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 23,560.


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Median household income
Local
$47,579
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Park Forest demographic reports
The homes of local abolitionists served as stops on the Underground Railroad.

Park Forest developed after World War II as a planned community for returning GIs.

The community was analyzed in William H. Whyte's "The Organization Man."
Local festivals include:
  • Park Forest Art Fair - Sept. 15-16, 2007
Dates often change. Check Park Forest web sites and events links in the sections below.
Performing arts: Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra
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.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Park Forest 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 60471 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

17% of Park Forest residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Park Forest ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Park Forest was $21,493, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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27% of Park Forest residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Park Forest, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $606.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $978.


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

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

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The average commute time for Park Forest workers is 32 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 4 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Park Forest between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 1.7 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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