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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Oak Park is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 52,225. Oak Park is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Oak Park offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Oak Park there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Oak Park and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Oak Park are highly rated.
About Oak Park...
Population
52,225

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$374,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,147
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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Oak Park Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    91.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    24.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    181.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    466.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,446.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    133.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    16%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    39%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    18%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Oak Park

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$91,945
National
$55,322
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Oak Park Reviews

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Oak Park is a big town with a small time feel to it. You know almost everyone and that makes it so much more fun. Being able to say hello to people everywhere is so uplifting and always brightens my day. The downtown area is full of restaurants and always has job openings for people. We are able to all come together as a community and it doesn't matter if we are helping a family in need of money and support or supporting the different local businesses at the farmers market on Sundays, we all love to help. Overall, Oak Park is a very wholesome family town with a lot to offer!
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So far, I like everything about Oak Park. The people are friendly, they community is diverse in both race and in building design and it seems to be a very family friendly place to live. I've lived here for just over a year and thankfully, have not had any bad experiences. I've taken a class at the library, participated in the park and recreation offerings and frequently visit the Classic Lake Street theater. I've eaten at more than a few downtown Oak Park restaurants and visit Pete's Market to shop for groceries, specialty food items and eat some of their delicious prepared meals. I completely enjoy Oak Park!
It is a very progressive town with a wide variety of people. The town provides a wonderful suburban atmosphere with trees lining every street and parks scattered around the town. There are two train lines that stop in Oak Park that will take you directly into the heart of Chicago in just half an hour. However, because Oak Park has created this image of suburbia, it is very hesitant to face the issues it has yet to fix. It is also very expensive to live there but the wonderful feel, great education system, and thriving park district make it well worth it if you can afford to buy a house.