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 51,774 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 93.43% 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 (15.89%), teaching (12.28%), and office and administrative support (10.41%).

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.

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.

A relatively large number of people in Oak Park telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.57% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

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, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 34.82 minutes every day commuting to work. It is, however, a pedestrian-friendly village. Many of its neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot. In addition, 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.

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

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 67.97% 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 $49,664, which is wealthy relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $198,656 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, English, Italian, and Polish.

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