Livability Awards

A+ Berwyn Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D Berwyn Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% higher than Illinois
1044% more expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Berwyn cost of living
B Berwyn Crime Total crime is 22% lower than Illinois
Total crime
1,82229% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 5529% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-27%Year over year crime is down
Berwyn crime
D- Berwyn Employment Household income is 1% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$59,5748% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$23,29522% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%40% higher than the US average
Berwyn employment
A Berwyn Housing Home value is equal to Illinois
Median home value
$175,3005% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9282% lower than the US average
Home ownership
58%8% lower than the US average
Berwyn real estate or Berwyn rentals
F Berwyn Schools HS graduation rate is 12% lower than Illinois
High school grad. rates
75%10% lower than the US average
School test scores
22%56% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:114% higher than the US average
Berwyn K-12 schools

Living in Berwyn, IL

Berwyn, Illinois is a mid-sized city with a population of 56,414 residents. In Berwyn, there are 14,449 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. More than a quarter of the residents of Berwyn identify themselves as Hispanic or Latino, and 53% of the population speak Spanish as their primary or secondary language.

Living in Berwyn can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the area. Having said that, in the state of Illinois, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! Finding the best places to live in Berwyn and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes cost of living, weather, education and other important metrics.

The livability score in Berwyn is 69 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 60th percentile of all cities across America. Based on the grades for each individual category, Berwyn has received high marks for amenities (A+), crime (C+) and housing (A). Berwyn does not fare well for the following: cost of living (D), weather (D), education (F) and employment (D-). It might be wise to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Berwyn, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Berwyn has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

Berwyn real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Berwyn. The median home price for Berwyn homes is $175,300, which is 0.3% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Berwyn, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 3.3% lower than the Illinois average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Berwyn area were 8.2% and 5 year appreciation rates were 9.2%.

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      Berwyn is a rank POS

      Never bother with this backwards shithole of a town and govt. From its retarded "street cleaning" policy, which doesn't really clean shit on any street, and is totally meant as a parking violation money grab, to its shitass parks, and are in constant disrepair. This place is going straight down the Chicago area shitcan. Want to be around entitled fucking rich white people?! Well, you're in luck when you get to visit them for paying off city inspectors and parking violations. Want to ride your bike through some shit ass park? You're in luck, as there are several craptastic ones in BM-wyn
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      My husband and I have owned property in Berwyn for 15+ years. The city of Berwyn has been HORRIBLE to deal with and I honestly believe has an incredibly corrupt inspection system. We have had the inspector's out to look at any work we do to improve the property and they will cite an issue every time. We have even tried getting them to inspect before we do work so we know what the list of items they think need to be addressed, but they then come back and tag on more and more items likely because we won't pay the inspector under the table. I am talking about 10+ inspections on 2 units in the past year. I have tried looking into reporting them to the state but they have just directed me back to the city. I am afraid to report them because I worry that they will take it out on us in more fines/inspections. My husband has tried talking to the lead inspector and he didn't explain the behavior and what we could do to stop them from this excessive behavior. I also am aware of other owners selling their homes/condos because of how horrible the city is to deal with. They won't publicly announce it because they are worried people won't buy their house knowing how HORRIBLE Berwyn is to deal with.
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      Chicago's new best friend

      I've lived in Chicago for about 10 years, moving to a new apartment once every 2-3 years in a variety of neighborhoods ranging from Streeterville to Rogers Park. My spouse and I bought our first house last year and settled on Chicago's next door neighbor, Berwyn, as our most-desired location based on some simple criteria. We needed a location that would give us the easiest and quickest access to downtown Chicago without sacrificing in terms of cramped living space and the everyday annoyances of living in a sprawling urban environment (i.e. traffic, noise, violence, etc.). We've lived in Berwyn for almost a year now and couldn't be happier with this city. It is so easy to hop onto 290 and zip downtown, with commutes ranging from as little as 12 minutes (!!!) to around 30 minutes in rush-hour traffic. Because Berwyn is basically due west of downtown (and Lake Michigan due East), its "central" location makes it convenient no matter where in Chicagoland you need to go. Berwyn may as well be part of Chicago proper considering its convenience to all Chicago has to offer, however it also seems to hit the sweet-spot between being an urban and suburban environment. It's quiet and homey enough to maintain a relaxing atmosphere without feeling anxious and hurried, yet still retains the livability and convenience of a big city with tons of shopping centers and restaurants nearby. Another benefit of Berwyn's location is that it is the southern neighbor of Oak Park, famous for it's Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and fabulous restaurants, shops, and other attractions. Suffice it to say, we're very happy here. While I admittedly don't know much of Berwyn's past considering we've only lived here for about a year, what I see today is a beautiful city with all the charm of an American suburb and the convenience and purpose of a world-class metropolis.
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      Come To Berwyn, IL!

      A few years ago I lived in Berwyn, IL. When living there I didn't see too much for attractions, I was quite disappointed. I mean there are a few things here and there but nothing that really stands out. There are not any amusement parks or anything like that for family attractions. When it came to finding community attractions there were also a few but not many. They had a community YMCA but you must pay a hefty membership fee to join. The good thing about the YMCA is that the time you go there you get a free day pass to check it out. There are also a few local playgrounds and things like that. There are many restaurants, which makes it very convenient to get a bite to eat. There are numerous types of ethnic and American foods to choose from. For whatever you desire there is something to fit your needs. My favorite thing about Berwyn would have to be the vast amount of 4 to 5 star restaurants. I was kind of disappointed when it came to the amount of nightlife in the area. There are maybe 3 or 4 places to go out and get your party on! On the positive side, there is plenty of nightlife within a 15 minute drive outside of Berwyn. So it is pretty convenient to find nightlife even though it isn't directly in Berwyn. There is an average amount of shopping in the area to go to. It's better than going to the sticks and trying to find a Wal-Mart but it's defiantly not Miami. There is a Marshalls, Wal-Mart, and shopping centers with a few various shops. It's defiantly not the place to go to if you're looking to shop your whole vacation.

      So when going to Berwyn make sure to check out the vast amount of various restaurants! Also enjoy your stay and make sure to check out the local activities!
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      Source: The Berwyn, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).