Oak Park 3rd Best U.S. small city for education, says real estate blog

June 26th, 2014 3:59 PM


When it comes to getting a good education for your kids, the Village of Oak Park ranks third in the nation among small U.S. cities, according to a recent ranking by a real estate research blog.

California-based Movoto Real Estate ranked more than 100 small cities based on high school graduation rates and teacher-student ratios, among other criteria. Out of 140 cities, Oak Park came in third.

The rankings were released by the blog on Thursday. Coming in at No. 1 is Chapel Hill, N.C., followed by Novi, Mich. Hoffman Estates is the only other Illinois city to crack the Top 10, coming in at No. 7. Of Oak Park, the blog says, "Where this place really excelled, however, was in the amount schools spent on their students. Schools in the area spent a whopping $8,229 per student, per year. So expect your school in Oak Park to offer you a good education and a good growth environment as well."

The village also had a graduation rate of more than 94 percent and a decent student-teacher ratio, an indication of "an all-around great place for learning success," the blog says.

The Top 10 cities are:

1. Chapel Hill, N.C.

2. Novi, Mich.

3. Oak Park, Ill.

4. Cedar Park, Texas

5. Auburn, Ala. (tie)

5. Royal Oak, Mich. (tie)

7. Hoffman Estates, Ill.

8. Manhattan, Kan.

9. West Des Moines, Iowa

10. Lakeville, Minn.