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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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Oak Park is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 51,989. 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 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
51,989

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$359,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,050
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%
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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
    68
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    15
    41
  • Robbery
    259
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    601
    500
  • Theft
    1,998
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    209
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$82,826
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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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.
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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!
Oak Park used to be quirky, village like and charming. Downtown overdevelopment has ruined the place. Chain restaurants, pollution and Chicago bro filled rental towers. An ugly ersatz Loop with carpet beer festivals paid for by homeowners. OPers sold out their downtown neighbors for a Lou Malnatis. Few Asians. Few Latinos. OPers are not as open minded as they like to think they are. People of color are not so complimentary about this place. It's the white OPers that think it is open minded. Poor intellectual environment. Only looks good compared to other Chicagoland suburbs. Provincial.