Oak Brook, IL
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Oak Brook is a somewhat small village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 8,074 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.

A relatively large number of people in Oak Brook telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.94% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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 Brook is a very good place for families to consider. With an enviable combination of good schools, low crime, college-educated neighbors who tend to support education because of their own experiences, and a high rate of home ownership in predominantly single-family properties, Oak Brook really has some of the features that families look for when choosing a good community to raise children. Is Oak Brook perfect? Of course not, and if you like frenetic nightlife, it will be far from your cup of tea. But overall this is a solid community, with many things to recommend it as a family-friendly place to live.

One downside of living in Oak Brook, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.95 minutes every day commuting to work.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Oak Brook, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Oak Brook is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 64.41% 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 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.