Oak Forest is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 27,792 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Oak Forest is the 75th largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Oak Forest is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Oak Forest is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oak Forest who work in office and administrative support (15.37%), sales jobs (10.18%), and management occupations (10.17%).
Also of interest is that Oak Forest has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
One downside of living in Oak Forest, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 31.48 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.
For the size of the city, public transportation in Oak Forest is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the train. For Oak Forest, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.
The percentage of people in Oak Forest who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.82% of adults in Oak Forest have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Oak Forest in 2010 was $32,750, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $131,000 for a family of four. However, Oak Forest contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Oak Forest is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Oak Forest home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oak Forest residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Oak Forest also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 11.75% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Oak Forest include Irish, Polish, Italian, and Swedish.
The most common language spoken in Oak Forest is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.