Riverside, Illinois

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Riverside, Illinois

Introduction to Riverside, Illinois

Riverside, Illinois is 1 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois (center to center) and 9 miles W of Chicago, Illinois. Located in Cook County, the population of the village is 8,895.

Riverside History

Riverside is a planned suburban community of Cook County, which was created on January 15, 1831. The county was formed out of Putnam County and was named for Daniel Cook. The village, first settled in 1836 by the Forbes family, was originally named as Aux Plaines. The village of Riverside was incorporated on June 25, 1875, and Carol Gaytes was elected as the first Village President on August 8, 1875.

Riverside and nearby Attractions

  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Riverside Museum
  • Avery Coonley House
  • Unity Temple
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site

Things To Do In Riverside

There are several parks in Riverside such as the Longcommon Park, Robinson Park, Blythe Park, and Guthrie Park. The village also offers easy access to Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, Graue Mill and Museum, the Ernest Hemingway Museum, Unity Temple. The Riverside Public Library is an ideal destination for booklovers. The Riverside United Methodist Church, Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, and Saints Peter and Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church are some of the local churches.

Riverside Transportation

Chicago Midway International Airport is nearby.

Riverside Higher Education

Morton College, City Colleges of Chicago - Wilbur Wright College, and Triton College are nearby.

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High Points

Riverside strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 4% trophy Riverside Public Transportation Use
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 5% trophy Riverside People in Middle Class or Better
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Riverside Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Riverside Well-Paid Single Women
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 8% Riverside College Educated Adults
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Riverside Low Rate of Poverty
Median Family Income
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Riverside Median Family Income

Comparative Profile of Riverside, Illinois

Comparing Riverside to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Men 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 10 10
Age of the Population 9 9
Senior Citizens 6 6
Male Share of the Population 6 5
Female Share of the Population 5 6
Racial Diversity 5 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 7 6
Average Household Size 5 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 10 10
College Educated Adults 10 10
People Above Poverty 9 9
Median Family Income 9 10

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 10 10
Working at Home 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 3 5
Short Commute Times 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 8
People Living Alone 5 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 5 8
Affordability of Rents 4 3
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 1
Housing Recently Built 1 1

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Riverside Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 1 miles SW of Berwyn, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 9 miles W of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60546
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.835
Longitude -87.822

Riverside Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.3 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Distance 11.3 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 38 to 58 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 62 F
Annual Precip 36.2 inches
Station WHEATON 3 SE
Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 32 F
Apr Temp 38 to 63 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches
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Riverside Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 8,895 100%
Male 4,280 48.1%
Female 4,615 51.9%
Under 18 2,122 23.9%
18+ 6,773 76.1%
65+ 1,371 15.4%
Median Age 40.5
Average Family Size 3.08
White 8,484 95.4%
African-American 23 0.3%
Asian 142 1.6%
American Indian & Alaskan 7 0.1%
Other 140 1.6%
Mixed Race 98 1.1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 489 5.5%

Estimated Riverside Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,485
Growth -410
Growth % -4.6%

Riverside Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 16.3%
Polish 15.3%
Italian 12.4%
German 10.6%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.6%
English 4.8%
Czech 4.5%
Greek 2.8%
Lithuanian 2.5%
US/American 2.2%
Croatian 2.2%
European 2.2%
Czechoslovakian 1.7%
Swedish 1.6%
Slovak 1.4%
Scotch-Irish 1.4%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
Scottish 1.1%
Norwegian 1%
Russian 0.9%
Romanian 0.7%
Welsh 0.6%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Serbian 0.4%
Slovene 0.4%
Dutch 0.3%
Hungarian 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Belgian 0.3%
British 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Austrian 0.2%
Latvian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Riverside 8,895 $80,146
Berwyn 54,016 $51,767
Brookfield 19,085 $64,075
La Grange Park 13,295 $76,441
Lyons 10,255 $51,384
North Riverside 6,688 $53,790
Stickney 6,148 $52,614

Riverside Public Libraries

Riverside P.l.
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(708) 442-6366
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