Oak Forest, Illinois

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Oak Forest, Illinois

Introduction to Oak Forest, Illinois

Oak Forest, Illinois, in Cook county, is 6 miles E of Orland Park, Illinois (center to center) and 18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois. The city is part of the Chicago metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 28,051 people live in Oak Forest.

Oak Forest History

The area now known as Oak Forest was named "Cooper's Grove" in the 1800s. Mr. Cooper, who had settled in this area in the 1830s, was possibly the first resident of Bremen Township. In the 1840s, a large number of settlers arrived in this area. The post office was established in 1848. The name 'Oak Forest' can be traced back to the 1983 version of the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railway timetable. The place was probably named "Oak Forest" because of its proximity to forest preserves and oak trees. Oak Forest was originally incorporated as a village in 1947 and then reincorporated as a city in 1971.

Oak Forest and nearby Attractions

  • Matteson Historical Museum
  • Acorn Public Library
  • Hope Christian Reformed Church
  • Oak Forest Commons Shopping Center
  • Fieldcrest Park

Things To Do In Oak Forest

The city of Oak Forest is near several museums including Matteson Historical Museum, American Police Center & Museum, Midwest Carvers Museum, and Tinley Park Historical Society and Museum. While in the city, one can also visit the local public libraries and churches. There are a large number of parks that offer a range of recreational facilities. In addition, the Oak Forest Commons Shopping Center and the Oak Creek Shopping Center are popular tourist haunts. Oak Forest also hosts the annual Irish Fest.

Oak Forest Transportation

Air transportation facilities are provided by the Chicago Midway International Airport.

Oak Forest Higher Education

Institutes offering higher educational facilities to residents of Oak Forest are Moraine Valley Community College, City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J. Daley College, Governors State University, South Suburban College, and Chicago State University.

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High Points

Oak Forest strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Oak Forest Public Transportation Use
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Oak Forest Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. Peers)
Top 14% Oak Forest People in Middle Class or Better
Median Family Income
(vs. State)
Top 15% Oak Forest Median Family Income
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 15% Oak Forest Well-Paid Single Men
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 17% Oak Forest Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Oak Forest, Illinois

Comparing Oak Forest to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Male Share of the Population 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Well-Paid Single Women 7 9
Age of the Population 6 4
Children Under 5 Years Old 5 6
Racial Diversity 4 9
Senior Citizens 3 2
Female Share of the Population 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 9 8
Average Household Size 8 9


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 9 9
People in Middle Class or Better 9 9
Median Family Income 8 9
College Educated Adults 5 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 10
Working at Home 5 5
Walking and Biking to Work 2 6
Short Commute Times 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 6 9
Affordability of Rents 5 3
People Living Alone 3 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 1 3

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Oak Forest Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 6 miles E of Orland Park, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 18 miles S of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60452
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.602
Longitude -87.743

Oak Forest Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 29 F
Apr Temp 39 to 58 F
Jul Temp 65 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.6 inches
Distance 14.5 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 32 F
Apr Temp 42 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 84 F
Oct Temp 46 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38 inches
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 30 F
Apr Temp 37 to 60 F
Jul Temp 63 to 85 F
Oct Temp 41 to 64 F
Annual Precip 36.9 inches
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Oak Forest Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 28,051 100%
Male 13,977 49.8%
Female 14,074 50.2%
Under 18 7,296 26%
18+ 20,755 74%
65+ 2,577 9.2%
Median Age 35.6
Average Family Size 3.3
White 25,353 90.4%
African-American 1,021 3.6%
Asian 744 2.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 42 0.1%
Other 468 1.7%
Mixed Race 419 1.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 1,645 5.9%

Estimated Oak Forest Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 28,116
Growth 65
Growth % 0.2%

Oak Forest Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
Irish 20.1%
German 16.2%
Polish 15.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 11.6%
Italian 11.3%
Dutch 4.1%
Swedish 2.9%
English 2.6%
US/American 2.4%
Lithuanian 2.3%
Greek 1.2%
Czech 1.2%
French (except Basque) 1.2%
Scotch-Irish 0.9%
Norwegian 0.8%
Arab/Arabic 0.7%
Scottish 0.7%
Jordanian 0.6%
Hungarian 0.6%
Austrian 0.5%
Croatian 0.4%
Slovak 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.2%
Danish 0.2%
Belgian 0.2%
African 0.2%
European 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Oak Forest 28,051 $68,862
Country Club Hills 16,169 $61,577
Hazel Crest 14,816 $54,049
Markham 12,620 $44,149
Midlothian 14,315 $58,945
Tinley Park 48,401 $71,858
University Park 6,662 $58,902

Oak Forest Public Libraries

Acorn P.l.d.
Oak Forest, Illinois
(708) 687-3700
Library Web Site

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Oak Forest Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(708) 687-7200
Emergency Service: Yes

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