Oak Park 70 Excellent
Oak Park Livability #456 ranked city in Illinois#11,622 ranked city in the USARanks better than 60% of areas
A+ Oak Park Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Oak Park Cost of Living Cost of living is 31% higher than Illinois
Oak Park
12727% more expensive than the US average
973% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Oak Park cost of living
D+ Oak Park Crime Total crime is 69% higher than Illinois
Total crime
3,34543% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3043% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
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
C 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
49%2% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:19% lower than the US average
Oak Park K-12 schools
C+ Oak Park User Ratings There are a total of 30 ratings in Oak Park
Overall user rating
66% 30 total ratings
User reviews rating
68% 4 total reviews
User surveys rating
66% 26 total surveys
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      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.

      Oak Park transportation information

      StatisticOak ParkIllinoisNational
      Average one way commute34min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work56.0%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool5.9%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit24.7%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.5%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.4%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home7.6%4.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Oak Park, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).