By Anna Lothson
Oak Park has been named as one of the Top 10 Best Towns for Families by Family Circle magazine in its most recent edition.
The quality of schools, amount of green space, along with characteristics like Oak Park's "diversity and progressive spirit," were named as reasons that put it in the top 10. Oak Park's "big-city amenities with village charm" that boasts dozens of art galleries, studios and theater companies were reasons noted by residents in the article.
The cities in the list were chosen with the help of Onboard Informatics, a New York City research firm that provides real estate, demographic and other data. Family Circle assembled a list of 3,335 cities and towns with populations between 11,000 and 150,000 people. The list was narrowed to 1,300 towns that have a high concentration of households of median incomes between $55,000 and $96,000.
From that narrowed down list, it was researched which towns met the criteria deemed family friendly by the selection group. This included affordable homes, quality homes, quality schools, access to health care, green space, low crime rate and financial stability. From this list, Oak Park rose to the top 10.