Illinois Parent Magazine's Best Places to Live in Illinois: Oakwood Hills

Chicago, IL, September 26, 2011 --( It's no wonder Oakwood Hills, Illinois has made Illinois Parent Magazine's Best Places list three times in a row now. The walkable city is packed with natural beauty and great people. Silver Lake, a popular lake in the region for fishing, kayaking, swimming and boating is the cleanest lake in McHenry county. Silver lake doesn't allow motorized boats which helps keep the lake clear and clean for swimmers and children.

Oakwood Hill's proximity to Chicago is a plus, but there are plenty of jobs to be had near here. Advocate and Centegra Hospital and Comed electric employ several thousand people between them.

Their Magazine interviewed Realtor/ Mortgage Banker Gil Kerkbashian. Gil states that, "Oakwood Hill's is a rare find, a true diamond in the rough. Home prices are incredibly affordable, Prairie Grove Elementary and Jr. High is the best rated school in McHenry County. The school is incredibly well managed and a unique single school, school district, allowing parents and teachers to make accountability decisions locally. The area's water is very clean and Oakwood Hills has a beautiful two hundred acre natural preserve that provides an incredible natural habitat for deer and other wonderful wildlife." Graduates of the city's schools handily outscore state and national averages on college entrance exams.

Oakwood Hills refers to itself as a village. This Chicago suburb doesn't take itself too seriously, and that reflected in the many recreational opportunities it bestows on its residents. From a fishing lake to the proximity to shopping, parks, bike paths and much more, there's something for everyone.

Census Demographics: There were 719 households out of which 47.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 73.2% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.8% were non-families. 11.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.05 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the village the population was spread out with 31.5% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 3.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 102.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.9 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $68,182, and the median income for a family was $70,875. Males had a median income of $52,051 versus $30,508 for females. The per capita income for the village was $26,397. About 3.9% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 4.3% of those age 65 or over.

Modern Illinois Parenting Magazine
Marty Crane