A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  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
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$353,100
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,033
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%

Oak Park 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
    40
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    10
    41
  • Robbery
    148
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    770
    525
  • Theft
    2,088
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    144
    263

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$80,196
National
$53,889
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    37%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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This is one of the most amazing places to live- ever. Everyone who lives here is ready to invest in their community and wants to form relationships with everyone around them. Everyone is friendly, and while it't not a place where you will know everyone, you'd be hard pressed to leave your house without running into someone you know. There are tons of activities; from farmers markets, to movie theaters, to religious groups- oak park really has it all! There are about 6 train stations located within or near Oak Park, so leaving and going into the city is fairly simple. Wonderful place to live, especially for families!
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I've lived in Oak Park for over 20 years and I wouldn't live anywhere else. The architecture, the close proximity of restaurants, parks, stores and the movie theater are perfect. You can literally walk from one end of Oak Park to the other (which I have) The people are great and usually will say hi to you when you walk down the street. It is clean, our Police and Fire Departments are the best, bar none. Always polite and caring.

But it's the homes and the history that will draw you here. Oak Park has the largest concentration of Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the world with his home/studio located here. Walking tours are highly recommended so you can see the pure genius of this Prairie Style inventor. There are no cookie cutter homes here. Each one is unique and a testament to the architects of the time.

If you love nature and parks, Oak Park is the place for you having just been designated a living arboretum! Each park is meticulously maintained and accessible to all.

I feel very fortunate to live here and so will you.
Oak Park, in the words of Hemingway, is a town of people with broad lawns and narrow minds. Perhaps Hemingway was referencing the upscale yet extremely similar lifestyle Oak Parkers lead. Here you can find many democratic minded, Whole Foods-shopping, rescue dog-walking, vegan food-eating people. Now, if these people are not the kind you enjoy being around, Oak Park is not for you. However, if you fall in to one or all of those categories, there is truly no better place than Oak Park (except maybe L.A... nothing is worse than winter in Chicago).