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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$182,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$923
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    20%
  • Own
    80%

Oak Forest Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    57
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    28
    41
  • Robbery
    71
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    203
    500
  • Theft
    762
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    103
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$75,563
National
$55,322
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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I've lived in Oak Forest for 3 years now. It is an excellent community, and family friendly. There are several local parks in the area and a loop trail for those that like to exercise. Very convenient drive to local businesses and close to major busy streets in the area with a variety of food stops, gas and more. A favorite stop of mine is Oliver's bar and Grill on 159th just past Ridgeland Avenue. They have great food and drinks and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. I would recommend anyone looking to live in Oak Forest to stop by Bremen township for information on various events and activities to get involved in!
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Oak Forest is a suburb where I have lived for 23 years. They have very good schools and there's a wonderful bike path and golf course (Yankee Woods) that I have used through the years. The bike paths are taken care of by Cook County and some of the longest bike paths in the nation!
Oak Forest has some crime but is not a high crime area. The local government is very good, and they are very affordable condos like the one at 15740 Terrace Drive. If you need a nice, affordable place Oak Forest is your town!
Overall Oak Forest is amazing! Not a far commute from the downtown Chicago area, or any activities within the area. It has a fair amount of activities keeping locals involved, and I'm proud to call this city my home.