Oak Park, CA
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Oak Park is a somewhat small town located in the state of California. With a population of 14,276 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Oak Park is the 364th largest community in California.

Oak Park home prices are not only among the most expensive in California, but Oak Park real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Oak Park is a decidedly white-collar town, with fully 94.03% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oak Park is a town of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oak Park who work in management occupations (18.13%), sales jobs (13.66%), and business and financial occupations (8.07%).

Also of interest is that Oak Park has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 10.83% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Because of many things, Oak Park is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Oak Park a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The town’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Oak Park has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Oak Park’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

One downside of living in Oak Park, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.35 minutes every day commuting to work. However, local public transit is widely used. For those who would prefer to avoid driving entirely and leave their car at home, it may be an option to use the transit instead.

Even though Oak Park is a smaller town, it has many people who hop on public transportation – mostly the subway for their daily commute to work. Typically, these people are commuting to good jobs in the surrounding cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Oak Park, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Oak Park is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 61.20% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Oak Park in 2010 was $57,106, which is wealthy relative to California and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $228,424 for a family of four.

Oak Park is a very ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Oak Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oak Park residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Oak Park include Irish, Italian, English, and French .

Foreign born people are also an important part of Oak Park's cultural character, accounting for 17.20% of the town’s population.

The most common language spoken in Oak Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Spanish.