Oak Brook, IL
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Oak Brook is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 8,077 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Oak Brook is the 257th largest community in Illinois.

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

Oak Brook is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 95.77% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oak Brook is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oak Brook who work in management occupations (21.77%), healthcare (21.03%), and sales jobs (14.42%).

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

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 8.94% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

Oak Brook is a good choice for families with children because of several factors. Many other families with children live here, making it a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families. The village’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic success. Many people own their own single-family homes, providing areas for children to play and stability in the community. Finally, Oak Brook’s overall crime rate is lower than average for the country.

One downside of living in Oak Brook is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Oak Brook, the average commute to work is 30.95 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

If knowledge is power, Oak Brook is a pretty powerful place. 64.41% of the adults in Oak Brook have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Oak Brook in 2010 was $88,696, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $354,784 for a family of four.

Oak Brook is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Oak Brook home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oak Brook residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Oak Brook include German, Irish, Italian, Polish, and Greek.

In addition, Oak Brook has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (27.11%).

The most common language spoken in Oak Brook is English. Other important languages spoken here include Langs. of India and Urdu.