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

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%

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
    73
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    10
    41
  • Robbery
    130
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    686
    500
  • Theft
    2,019
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    151
    284

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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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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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.
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.