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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 52,229. 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
52,229

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$370,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,102
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
    67.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    30.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    185.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    600.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,248
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    124.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 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
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    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
$87,271
National
$55,322
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Oak Park is a middle sized town with many trees and beautiful parks. The citizens of Oak Park are racially and financially diverse, which shows in the high school that is shared with neighboring town, River Forest, that is called Oak Park and River Forest High School. The majority of people that live here are families since the taxes are high due to the high school and other educational facilities. Recently, more and more condos are being built in downtown Oak Park for retired people. Downtown Oak Park has many cute cafes and culturally diverse restaurants. There is also a movie theater for older children to go to. Two famous Oak Parkers are Frank Lloyd Wright and Earnest Hemingway. There are many references to Hemingway around Oak Park and Wright has been the architect for many homes here as well. People love Oak Park and so many of them return to live in Oak Park.
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Oak Park is in transition. New downtown high rises are attracting a young, affluent, well educated clientele due to convenient transportation into Chicago. Meanwhile many older, established residents continue to improve/upgrade residential properties easily maintaining the area's real estate values. The downside to this (hence 4 star not 5) are sky high real estate taxes which can be problematical for any older resident on a fixed income. Services, are commensurate with the taxes paid.

Super schools, world-class architecture, great transportation options, spectacular parks and recreational facilities, broad ethnic and religious diversity, great shopping with some dandy family owned businesses, excellent healthcare /hospitals, all the good. The bad is more congestion, sometimes way to liberal government and, unfortunately, a rising crime rate due to proximity to a tough area of Chicago.
I'm a Chicago native and moved to OP about 15 years ago. Great architecture; caring people who while not perfect (who is?) try to be good people and challenge one another to grow; strong schools, parks, and amenities; charming downtown that is practical too - good restaurants, lots of grocery store options, movie house, book stores, etc.; and, of course, it's close to all that Chicago has to offer.

The downsides are property taxes, crime rate, winters, and traffic to the city, but that's certainly not unique to OP. Okay, are taxes are rather ridiculous; however, we do get quite a bit for our money.

Overall, OP is a great place to raise a family and develop relationships with lots of different people. The village is homogeneously liberal, and there are not many Latinx or Asian people, but there are a variety of religious backgrounds, fair diversity of economic standings, as well as mixed-race couples, gay couples, single people, families, older people, young families, etc.