Oak Brook, IL
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Living in Oak Brook


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 94.52% 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 (20.91%), healthcare (18.15%), and sales jobs (15.27%).

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 10.56% 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.

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.76 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.

In Oak Brook, a lot of people use the train to get to work every day though Oak Brook is a relatively small village. Those that ride the train are primarily traveling out of town to good jobs in other cities.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Oak Brook. 66.63% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Oak Brook in 2010 was $90,169, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $360,676 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 Irish, German, Italian, English, and Polish.

Foreign born people are also an important part of Oak Brook's cultural character, accounting for 28.03% of the village’s population.

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