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A+ Oak Park Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Oak Park Cost of Living Cost of living is 30% higher than Illinois
Oak Park
12828% more expensive than the US average
Illinois
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Oak Park cost of living
C- Oak Park Crime Total crime is 29% higher than Illinois
Total crime
3,15214% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3214% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
189%Year over year crime is up
Oak Park crime
B Oak Park Employment Household income is 40% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$82,82650% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$49,66466% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%5% higher than the US average
Oak Park employment
D Oak Park Housing Home value is 105% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$359,10094% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,05011% higher than the US average
Home ownership
59%8% lower than the US average
Oak Park real estate or Oak Park rentals
B+ Oak Park Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
95%15% higher than the US average
School test scores
58%17% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:19% lower than the US average
Oak Park K-12 schools

Living in Oak Park, IL

Oak Park, Illinois is a moderately-sized city with a population of 51,989 inhabitants. Oak Park has a population density of 11,062 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. At 67%, the majority of the Oak Park population is White; this is followed by 21% Black and 5% Asian. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 78% of the population considered married and 49% with kids under the age of 18, Oak Park could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Are you trying to decide if living in Oak Park is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before moving to any new city in Illinois, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Oak Park, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, cost of living, weather, employment and more.

Oak Park, IL receives 73/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #161 in Illinois and #7,341 in the USA. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Oak Park has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), crime (B-), education (B+) and employment (B). On a less positive note, Oak Park does not have favorable ranks for the following: cost of living (F), weather (D) and housing (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Oak Park on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the notable things to do include: Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, and Oak Park Visitors Center.

Oak Park real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Oak Park. Median real estate prices in Oak Park come in at $359,100, which is 105.4% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Oak Park, the home price to income ratio is 4.3, which is 43.3% higher than the Illinois average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Oak Park area were 2.9% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.4%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Compare Oak Park, IL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Oak Park, IL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Edison Park, Chicago778.411,128
O'hare, Chicago74612,706
Forest Glen, Chicago747.418,298
Clearing, Chicago717.624,934
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Norwood Park, Chicago716.937,477
Jefferson Park, Chicago716.726,594
North Center, Chicago696.834,931
North Park, Chicago697.518,562

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Expensive and crime ridden.

Attractions5/10
Community2/10
Nightlife2/10
Dining7/10
Shopping5/10
Having lived in Oak Park twice once in 1972-75 and again 2015-16 it has changed. It was always very expensive to live among the wonderful liberal minded people. The last experience in town however was tainted with crimes. My car was broken into twice, I was robbed once. The town is more racially divided and hostile.

The architecture is wonderful. Access to public transportation is great and proximity to the Loop is fantastic. These are things a tourist can visit without the need to live here.
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Oak Park, IL; A Residential Neighborhood with Many Perks

Attractions7/10
Community8/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping8/10
As a girl I relocated many times with my family, mostly oversees, as my father was proficient in a variety of languages, an asset his company chose to mine abundantly. When at last we returned to living full time in the U.S I lived in Dallas, Texas, for a period of months. It was from there that we moved to Oak Park, Illinois, where I was destined to pass most of my Middle School years and all of my High School ones. Oak Park schools are rated as stellar, and deservedly so. I had great teachers, our classes had moderate teacher/student ratios and the offerings, both in terms of required classes and activities were large and varied enough to suit almost any type of student. In fact, my High School even offered an innovative school within a school for students who felt disenfranchised from the usual sort of classroom.

Besides great schools, Oak Park is renowned for its architecture. Students of Frank LLoyd Wright can find a number of great examples of his work just by walking around. Edgar Rice Burroughs and the creator of the "Twinkie" are also notable as one time Oak Park citizens.

While there is a small slightly more urban slice that abuts the outskirts of Chicago, Oak Park is largely suburban, that is residential family living. The sense of community is high. There is a great library, a fantastic local paper and many community-sponsored activities. There is a very reputable hospital. Nightlife consists, for the most part, of a great play, a movie, or some fine dining. You may have to travel for dancing till dawn. The shopping is varied with both boutiques and chain stores. Odds are you may have some digging out to do in the winter. Summers, however, are very pleasant.
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Source: The Oak Park, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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