Oak Forest, IL
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Oak Forest is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 28,074 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 (16.52%), sales jobs (9.07%), and management occupations (8.00%).

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.

In Oak Forest, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.41 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

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.

In terms of college education, Oak Forest is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.98% 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 $30,681, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $122,724 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 11.81% 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.