Bellwood 75 Excellent
Bellwood Livability #196 ranked city in Illinois#3,761 ranked city in the USARanks better than 87% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Bellwood

  • Commute

    High commute scores indicates that public transit should be easily accessible in this area and the average commute time to work is less than average.

  • 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.

  • Schools

    Lower than average education levels, poor reading and math scores, as well as the inaccessibility of local elementary and high schools could all be factors in the low schools score.

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What's it like Living in Bellwood?

Located in the state of Illinois, Bellwood is a moderately-sized city with a population of 18,799 inhabitants. In Bellwood, there are 7,839 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. With a total of 73%, the Black or African American racial group makes up the majority of the population in Bellwood. The next most represented races are 13% White and 1% Asian. In Bellwood, only 43% of people over the age of fifteen are married. This city could be a good option for singles ready to mingle. Long travel times to work can be one of the most frustrating things in the world - right behind housework! If you decide that living in Bellwood is the right fit for you, your one way commute time will average 28 minutes, which is about average when compared to the national commute time of 26 minutes.

Living in Bellwood can be a positive experience for anyone moving to the city. Having said that, in the state of Illinois, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! When searching for a new neighborhood, several factors play a vital role in determining its suitability. Safety should be a top priority, ensuring a secure environment with low crime rates. Proximity to your workplace or school helps minimize commuting time and allows for a better work-life balance. Availability of essential amenities such as parks, coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and healthcare facilities contributes to convenience and well-being. Access to reliable public transportation options facilitates easy commuting and connectivity. Additionally, considering the sense of community and the overall atmosphere that resonates with your lifestyle and preferences fosters a harmonious living experience. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, commute, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Bellwood and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Bellwood to Illinois and the national average.

Bellwood has a livability score of 72/100 and is ranked #243 in Illinois and #4,796 in the USA. Based on the grades for each individual category, Bellwood has received high marks for cost of living (B), employment (B) and housing (A+). On a less positive note, Bellwood does not have favorable ranks for the following: amenities (F), crime (F) and education (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Finding affordable real estate and housing in Bellwood can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category. A healthy real estate market can lead to wealth appreciation for property owners, as rising property values can contribute to homeowners' equity, financial stability and the ability to build long-term wealth.

Assuming that Bellwood 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 Bellwood. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Bellwood are simply unattainable. The median home price for Bellwood homes is $161,600, which is 7.6% lower than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Bellwood, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.6, which is 13.3% lower than the Illinois average.

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      Bellwood transportation information

      Statistic Bellwood Illinois National
      Average one way commute28min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.0%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.1%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit7.8%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.9%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home1.8%4.4%4.6%
      Source: The Bellwood, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).