Oak Forest, IL


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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.

Oak Forest is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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.

Although the majority of commuting trips in the city are by private automobile, Oak Forest is somewhat unusual for a city of its size for having a substantial number of people who use public transportation. For a lot of people, the train helps to get to and from their jobs every morning, which benefits everyone in the Oak Forest area by reducing both traffic and air pollution.

The overall education level of Oak Forest is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.82% of adults 25 and older in the city 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.