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.
|Living Expense||River Forest||Illinois||National Average|
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.
|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|