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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Oak Forest is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 28,027. Oak Forest is in Cook County. Living in Oak Forest offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Oak Forest there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Oak Forest and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Oak Forest are above average.
About Oak Forest...
Population
28,027

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$185,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,034
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    22%
  • Own
    78%
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Oak Forest Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    68.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    28.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    54
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    194.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    842.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    93.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Oak Forest

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$73,765
National
$55,322
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I love Oak Forest and nothing will change that; not tax increases, petty crime or traffic. The forest preserve the rolling hills, shopping, dining, businesses, the beautiful homes and condos, St Damian Catholic Church, the police and fire department, night life, schools and daycares, and most of all, the warm, friendly people who call Oak Forest home, too. I'm proud to call Oak Forest my forever home and highly recommend this safe, family oriented bedroom community to everyone!
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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!
Oak Forest is a very quiet and family friendly neighborhood. I have been living here for over a decade and have never experienced anything that made me want to move. The neighborhood and neighbors are all friendly and the community is very social. The public schools are kept up to date a the staff is great overall. Oak Forest may be on the smaller side but everything such as grocery stores, pharmacies, a library, and entertainment is all near by. Whether you are living alone and looking for a quiet place to live or a family Oak Forest is a great choice for anyone.