Oak Lawn, Illinois

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Oak Lawn, Illinois

Introduction to Oak Lawn, Illinois

Oak Lawn, Illinois, in Cook county, is 11 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois. The village is in the Chicago area. There are 55,245 residents in Oak Lawn.

Oak Lawn History

The area now known as Oak Lawn was originally called Black Oaks Grove. Julian Hatch, a land broker, purchased the land in 1842. John Simpson, a farmer, was the first settler of Oak Lawn. The first school was established around 1860. It was officially incorporated in 1909. Oak Lawn adopted a city manager form of government in 1953.

Oak Lawn and nearby Attractions

  • Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
  • Bronzeville Children's Museum
  • Hollywood Park - Crestwood
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • William W. Powers State Recreation Area
  • Chicago Portage National Historic Site

Things To Do In Oak Lawn

Oak Lawn boasts of more than 300 acres of parks, playgrounds, and open land including Centennial Park, Lewandowski Park, Worthbrook Park, Columbus Manor Park, Oak Meadows Park, and Wolfe Wildlife Refuge. The Children's Museum in Oak Lawn and the Arcade Amusement are ideal for a day trip with family and friends. You can also enjoy shopping at Oak Lawn Shopping Center and State Road Plaza Shopping Center.

Oak Lawn Transportation

Chicago O’Hare International Airport is nearby.

Oak Lawn Higher Education

Facilities for higher studies are offered by City Colleges of Chicago - Richard J Daley College, Loyola University Chicago, Lincoln Technical Institute, and Moraine Valley Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Public Transportation Use
(vs. Peers)
Top 12% Oak Lawn Public Transportation Use
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. State)
Top 13% Oak Lawn Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. State)
Top 18% Oak Lawn Well-Paid Single Men

Comparative Profile of Oak Lawn, Illinois

Comparing Oak Lawn 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
Senior Citizens 10 9
Age of the Population 10 10
Female Share of the Population 9 8
Well-Paid Single Women 8 9
Well-Paid Single Men 8 9
Racial Diversity 2 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 2
Male Share of the Population 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 4
Average Household Size 4 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 8 8
People Above Poverty 8 7
Median Family Income 7 8
College Educated Adults 5 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 9 10
Working at Home 4 4
Walking and Biking to Work 2 6
Short Commute Times 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 8 8
Affordability of Rents 5 2
Housing Recently Built 5 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 4

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Oak Lawn Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 11 miles SW of Chicago, Illinois
County Cook
Standard Zip Codes 60453, 60455, 60456, 60457, 60458, 60459
P.O. Box Zip Codes 60454
Phone Area Codes 708
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 41.71
Longitude -87.758

Oak Lawn Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 31 F
Apr Temp 40 to 59 F
Jul Temp 66 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 63 F
Annual Precip 38.3 inches
Distance 9.6 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 15.1 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
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Oak Lawn Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 55,245 100%
Male 25,902 46.9%
Female 29,343 53.1%
Under 18 12,123 21.9%
18+ 43,122 78.1%
65+ 12,015 21.7%
Median Age 41.5
Average Family Size 3.14
White 51,570 93.3%
African-American 673 1.2%
Asian 953 1.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 92 0.2%
Other 905 1.6%
Mixed Race 1,047 1.9%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 2,942 5.3%

Estimated Oak Lawn Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 53,991
Growth -1,254
Growth % -2.3%

Oak Lawn 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 25.4%
Polish 16.8%
German 12.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 8.8%
Italian 8.6%
Lithuanian 3.2%
US/American 2.5%
Greek 2.5%
English 2.3%
Arab/Arabic 2.1%
Swedish 1.6%
Dutch 1.5%
Czech 1.2%
Palestinian 1.1%
Croatian 1%
French (except Basque) 1%
Austrian 0.9%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Scottish 0.7%
Slovak 0.6%
Danish 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Czechoslovakian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Jordanian 0.4%
Hungarian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Scandinavian 0.2%
Syrian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Oak Lawn 55,245 $60,057
Bridgeview 15,335 $52,490
Burbank 27,902 $56,279
Chicago Ridge 14,127 $56,314
Evergreen Park 20,821 $64,766
Hometown 4,467 $49,911
Worth 11,047 $51,523

Oak Lawn Public Libraries

Village Of Oak Lawn P.l.
Oak Lawn, Illinois
(708) 422-4990
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Oak Lawn Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
4440 W 95TH STREET
(708) 684-8000
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Oak Lawn

(As of 2005)
5135 West 95th Street
Oak Lawn-103rd & Cicero
10301 S. Cicero
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Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

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Serves 1,645 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

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