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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

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

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.
Personally, I think Oak Park should have been in the Top 10 most diverse. Oak Park is an absolutely amazing village offering a suburban yet urban feel. Oak Park is very diverse, offering housing types for all incomes. Oak Park is Chicago's neighbor to the west, if offers the METRA'S Union Pacific West line from Elburn to Chicago OTC and the CTA green and blue line train to the loop. Oak Park has a excellent growing downtown area. Oak Park has many Parks and a award winning park district offering camps and programs for all ages. Oak Park has high ranked District 97 for the Elementary and Middle schools and District 200 is Oak Park River Forest high school which my child had a great time at. In conclusion, Oak Park is one of the best suburbs of Chicago in my opinion, I strongly urge you to look into it.