Oak Park, Illinois is a small city with a population of just over 52,000. The city's residents, with an average age of just over 38, are younger than most cities in Illinois. Most Oak Park residents own their homes, and 42% of residents rent. With an average rent of $1,211 per month, exceeding the state average by $160/month, relatively high rent costs could play a role in the higher levels of ownership.
With an average commute time of about 38 minutes, slower than most cities in Illinois, Oak Park residents have found that it takes some patience getting to work. Driving is the most common means of commuting to work, opted for by 32% of commuters, while public transportation is used by only 13% of the population. Walking isn't a common method of commuting to work.
Many Oak Park residents work in one of three industries: scientific, education, and healthcare. Together, these industries make up 25% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many of the city's workers are in management, as 11% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. With an average annual income of around $105,000, Oak Park workers take home more than the average Illinois resident. Oak Park's average income also compares favorably to the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average (7%), Oak Park has a large percentage of residents older than 25 who have advanced degrees, as 21% possess a Master's degree or a Doctorate. Further, 21% possess a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average.