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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population28,055
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens13.1%
Employed Population 16+14,962
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married51.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher26.8%
Median Earnings25+$42,841
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$26,026
Median Earnings With High School Degree$39,158

Wealth

Median Family Income$85,901
% Above Poverty Level94.3%
% Below Poverty Level5.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time31 minutes
% Working from Home4%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.5%
% Using Public Transportation7.1%

Housing

People Living Alone27.6%
Median Gross Rent$923
Median House Value$182,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)23.1%
German22.8%
Irish21.2%
Polish15.2%
Italian11%
Swedish3.4%
Dutch3.4%
Lithuanian2.9%
English2.6%
Russian1.6%
French Except Basque1.5%
Arab1.4%
Scottish1.3%
Czech1.3%
Hungarian1.2%
Croatian0.8%
Greek0.8%
Palestinian0.5%
Slovak0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Danishn0.3%
Sudanese0.3%
US/American0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
African0.3%
Turkish0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Welsh0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Oak Forest Almanac

CategoryValue
County Cook County
Standard Zip Codes60452
Phone Area Codes708
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude41.6
Approximate Longitude-87.75

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)

StationPARK FOREST
Distance7.8 miles
Jan Temp15 to 29 F
Apr Temp39 to 58 F
Jul Temp65 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 63 F
Annual Precip38.6 inches
StationCHICAGO UNIVERSITY
Distance14.5 miles
Jan Temp18 to 32 F
Apr Temp42 to 59 F
Jul Temp66 to 84 F
Oct Temp46 to 64 F
Annual Precip38 inches
StationJOLIET BRANDON RD DAM
Distance19.8 miles
Jan Temp14 to 30 F
Apr Temp37 to 60 F
Jul Temp63 to 85 F
Oct Temp41 to 64 F
Annual Precip36.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Country Club Hills16,794$61,053
Hazel Crest13,924$59,418
Markham12,633$48,510
Midlothian14,830$74,217

Oak Forest Public Libraries

Acorn Public Library District
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

Oak Forest Public Schools

Arbor Park Middle School
17303 Central Ave
ZIP: 60452
(708) 687-5330
Middle
Total Enrollment 655
Braun Educational Center
6020 151st St
ZIP: 60452
(708) 687-4971
Other
Total Enrollment 83
Fieldcrest Elem School
4100 Wagman St
ZIP: 60452
(708) 210-2872
Primary
Total Enrollment 254
Jack Hille Middle School
5800 151st St
ZIP: 60452
(708) 687-5550
Middle
Total Enrollment 512
Kerkstra Elem School
14950 Laramie Ave
ZIP: 60452
(708) 687-2860
Primary
Total Enrollment 429
Lee R Foster Elem School
5931 School St
ZIP: 60452
(708) 687-4763
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Morton Gingerwood Elem School
16936 Forest Ave
ZIP: 60452
(708) 560-0092
Primary
Total Enrollment 299
Oak Forest High School
15201 Central Ave
ZIP: 60452
(708) 687-0500
High
Total Enrollment 1385
Project Challenge
6020 151st St
ZIP: 60452
(708) 873-1600
High
Total Enrollment 30
Ridge Early Childhood Center
5151 149th St
ZIP: 60452
(708) 687-2964
Primary
Total Enrollment 255
Scarlet Oak Elem School
5731 Albert Dr
ZIP: 60452
(708) 687-5822
Primary
Total Enrollment 311
Walter F Fierke Ed Center
6535 Victoria Dr
ZIP: 60452
(708) 614-4520
Primary
Total Enrollment 317

Oak Forest Private Schools

Homewood Christian Academy
5217 149th St
ZIP: 60452
Elementary
Total Enrollment 103
St Damian School
5300 W 155th St
ZIP: 60452
Elementary
Total Enrollment 462
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