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Overview

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).

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.

People

Total Population 28,134
Male Share of the Population 49.5%
Female Share of the Population 50.5%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 14,796
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 51.7%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27%
Median Earnings25+ $43,260
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $25,357
Median Earnings With High School Degree $40,304

Wealth

Median Family Income $83,193
% Above Poverty Level 94.3%
% Below Poverty Level 5.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 30 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.4%
% Using Public Transportation 8.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 25.2%
Median Gross Rent $924
Median House Value $185,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.2%
US/American 0.3%
English 2.7%
Irish 21.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PARK FOREST
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
Station CHICAGO UNIVERSITY
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
Station JOLIET BRANDON RD DAM
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Country Club Hills 16,806 $57,752
Hazel Crest 14,195 $71,473

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Oak Forest Public Libraries

Library
Acorn P.l.d.
15624 SOUTH CENTRAL AVENUE
Oak Forest, Illinois
(708) 687-3700
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Oak Forest Hospitals

OAK FOREST HOSPITAL
(Government - Local)
159TH & CICERO AVENUE
(708) 687-7200
Emergency Service: Yes

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15201 S CENTRAL AVE
708-687-0500
Serves 1,447 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

BRAUN EDUCATIONAL CENTER
6020 W 151ST ST
708-687-4971
A Special Education School
Serves 109 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.8

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