River Forest, IL Cost Of Living

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Updated: 2021-02-06
152
River Forest's Overall Cost Of Living
1.5x
Higher Than The National Average
324 out of 338
In Illinois
5,878 out of 6,399
In America
The cost of living index is set to 100 for the average place in America. An index above 100 means River Forest is expensive, while a number below 100 means it's a relatively cheap place to live.

What is the cost of living in River Forest, IL?

According to the most recent data on the cost of living, River Forest has an overall cost of living index of 152 which is 1.5x higher than the national index of 100.

Compared to only Illinois, River Forest has a cost of living index that's 1.6x higher than Illinois's index of 98.

The standard of living in River Forest ranks as #5,882 most affordable out of the 6,522 places we measured in Illinois. By definition, that implies River Forest ranks as the #525 most expensive place in the Prairie State.

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River Forest Cost Of Living Vs. Illinois

Living Expense River Forest Illinois National Average
Overall 152 98 100
Services 109 98 100
Groceries 104 97 100
Health 100 100 100
Housing 256 95 100
Transportation 125 112 100
Utilities 93 97 100
For more reading on cost of living around Illinois, check out:
River Forest Cost of Living Vs. IL

River Forest, IL Housing Cost Breakdown

Housing swings affordability the most between places in Illinois, so we broke down the statistics around housing costs into more detail. It's also important to consider median household incomes to make apples-to-apples comparisons across locations.

Home and income come data comes from the most recent US Census ACS 2014-2018.

$596,900
Median Home Value
$1,143
Median Rent
$129,928
Median Income
Statistic River Forest Illinois United States
Median Home Value $596,900 $194,500 $217,500
Median Rent $1,143 $1,010 $1,062
Median Income $129,928 $65,886 $62,843
Home Value To Income 4.6x 3.0x 3.5x
Rent To Monthly Income 0.11x 0.18x 0.2x

Detailed River Forest Services Costs Vs. Illinois

Item River Forest Illinois
Shampoo $0.92 $1.01
Movie $14.86 $10.72
Bowling $19.0 $13.86

Detailed River Forest Groceries Costs Vs. Illinois

Item River Forest Illinois
Ground Beef $4.07 $3.9
Fried Chicken $1.74 $1.4
Milk $2.09 $1.96

Detailed River Forest Health Costs Vs. Illinois

Item River Forest Illinois
Haircut $22.0 $17.49
Beauty Salon $69.77 $38.17
Toothpaste $2.69 $2.32

Detailed River Forest Transportation Costs Vs. Illinois

Item River Forest Illinois
Potatoes $3.74 $3.18
Pizza $10.0 $10.39
Beer $8.14 $9.23
Optometrist $97.0 $106.34
Doctor $105.0 $115.25
Dentist $102.0 $98.38

Detailed River Forest Utilities Costs Vs. Illinois

Item River Forest Illinois
Gasoline $3.42 $2.59
Tire Balancing $57.0 $48.9
All Electricity $131.81 $167.6
Phone $200.46 $163.42

River Forest SnackAbility

10
/10
Overall SnackAbility
Jobs
9.5/10
Housing
9
Affordability
8
Diversity
8
Safety
7
Amenities
9
Education
10
Commute
4

Cost Of Living In Cities Around River Forest

City Population Cost Of Living Vs. River Forest
Oak Park, IL 52,233 126 0.8x
Glenview, IL 47,416 145 1.0x
Elmhurst, IL 46,463 132 0.9x
Park Ridge, IL 37,457 132 0.9x
Northbrook, IL 33,343 153 1.0x
Highland Park, IL 29,628 151 1.0x
Wilmette, IL 27,247 164 1.1x
Melrose Park, IL 25,605 103 0.7x
Elmwood Park, IL 24,468 110 0.7x
Maywood, IL 23,578 99 0.7x

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