Oak Lawn, IL
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Oak Lawn is a larger medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 56,781 people and 13 constituent neighborhoods, Oak Lawn is the 23rd largest community in Illinois.

Oak Lawn is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Oak Lawn is a village of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oak Lawn who work in office and administrative support (15.03%), sales jobs (12.69%), and management occupations (8.38%).

In Oak Lawn, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 33.70 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.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Oak Lawn use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Oak Lawn‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the train. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

In terms of college education, Oak Lawn is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 26.04% of adults 25 and older in the village have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Oak Lawn in 2010 was $27,230, which is upper middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $108,920 for a family of four. However, Oak Lawn contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Oak Lawn is a very ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Oak Lawn home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oak Lawn residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Oak Lawn also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 17.99% of the village’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Oak Lawn include Polish, German, Italian, and Lithuanian.

The most common language spoken in Oak Lawn is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Arabic.