Oak Park, IL
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Oak Park is a larger medium-sized village located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 52,261 people and 14 constituent neighborhoods, Oak Park is the 29th largest community in Illinois. Much of the housing stock in Oak Park was built prior to World War II, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

Oak Park home prices are not only among the most expensive in Illinois, but Oak Park real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Oak Park is a decidedly white-collar village, with fully 93.08% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Oak Park is a village of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Oak Park who work in management occupations (16.27%), teaching (12.01%), and sales jobs (9.59%).

Also of interest is that Oak Park has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Of important note, Oak Park is also a village of artists. Oak Park has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Oak Park’s character.

One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.46% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. 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.

One thing that you will notice about Oak Park is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Oak Park a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

In addition to being popular with young singles, Oak Park is also home to many people who can be described as "urban sophisticates", which are people who are not only wealthy and employed in professional occupations, but highly educated to boot. Urban sophisticates have urbane tastes - whether they reside in a big or small city, a suburb, or a little town. Urban sophisticates support bookstores, quality clothing stores, enjoy luxury travel, and in big cities, they are truly the patrons of the arts, attending and supporting institutions such as opera, symphony, ballet, and theatre.

One downside of living in Oak Park is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Oak Park, the average commute to work is 35.66 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the village, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of Oak Park’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

For the size of the village, public transportation in Oak Park is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Oak Park, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Oak Park, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Oak Park is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 68.75% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Oak Park in 2010 was $51,890, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $207,560 for a family of four. However, Oak Park contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Oak Park is an extremely ethnically-diverse village. The people who call Oak Park home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Oak Park residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Oak Park include German, Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Oak Park is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German/Yiddish.