Barrington Hills 53 Poor
Barrington Hills Livability #1,285 ranked city in Illinois#24,084 ranked city in the USARanks better than 17% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Barrington Hills

  • Crime

    With a lower than average crime rate per 100,000 people, this area could be considered a very safe place to live. Crime rates are based on both violent and property crimes.

  • Employment

    The combination of higher than average median home income, income per capita and low unemployment rates results in a score that is well above average in the employment category.

  • Housing

    This area has received high scores in the housing category. This could be due to a positive home affordability ratio, high appreciation rates or elevated home values.

  • Amenities

    A majority of amenities are not ideally situated within a reasonable walking distance, which may lead residents to rely on a vehicle or public transportation.

  • Commute

    Public transportation is not readily available in this area and the average commute time to work could also be longer than the national average.

  • Cost Of Living

    Based on the most recent cost of living data, this area is more expensive to live in. You can expect to pay more for everyday goods and services, housing, groceries and utilities.

  • Health & Safety

    Poor air quality and the inaccessibility of certain health related facilities like hospitals, clinics, doctors and pharmacies could have all contributed to the low score in this category.

  • Ratings

    AreaVibes conducted surveys and polls with locals who live in the area. The results were not favorable for walkability of amenities, parks, public transit and the overall sense of community in the area.

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What's it like Living in Barrington Hills?

Barrington Hills is a small city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 4,156 inhabitants. The majority of Barrington Hills residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. The Barrington Hills population appears to be aging at a faster rate than normal. The median age is currently 50, which is on the high side when compared to most other cities. Barrington Hills is known to be family friendly as more than 71% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 31% of residents also have children under the age of 18. An important consideration when living in Barrington Hills is the longer-than-average commute times. If you seek a short work commute, this area may not be the best choice for you. The one-way commute time here typically takes 42 minutes, far surpassing the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Barrington Hills could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Illinois if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. To help you find the best places to live in and around Barrington Hills, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, commute, health & safety and more.

Barrington Hills, IL receives 53/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #1,242 in Illinois and #23,649 in the USA. This score ranks well below the United States average. With such a low livability score, it might be worth investigating a little further. Based on the grades for each individual category, Barrington Hills has received high marks for crime (A+) and housing (B-). There is at least one category that did not score well in Barrington Hills. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: amenities (F) and cost of living (F).

Ensuring a sense of security is paramount for the majority of residents in any area. Low crime rates exert a positive influence on various aspects, including home prices, rates of home appreciation and the cultivation of positive community dynamics and social cohesion. In the case of Barrington Hills, it boasts a notably low violent crime rate of 50 crimes per 100,000 residents, which significantly outperforms the national average.

Unemployment rates can range pretty dramatically from one city to another. Knowing that Barrington Hills has an unemployment rate of 1.36% could mean increased job opportunities with a higher demand for workers. It could also lead to higher wages, as the demand for workers exceeds the availability of jobs. Most importantly, it could be a sign of a healthy and thriving local economy.

For home buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they will ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Barrington Hills apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city. A thriving real estate market can also generate strong local economic activity and job creation.

Assuming that Barrington Hills meets all of your requirements like low crime rates, good schools and great local amenities, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Barrington Hills. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Barrington Hills are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Barrington Hills come in at $759,800, which is 334.7% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Barrington Hills, the home price to income ratio is 4.8, which is 60% higher than the Illinois average.

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      Barrington Hills transportation information

      Statistic Barrington Hills Illinois National
      Average one way commute42min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work70.0%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool4.4%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit10.9%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk4.0%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home9.9%4.4%4.6%
      Source: The Barrington Hills, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).