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A+ Buffalo Grove Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Buffalo Grove Cost of Living Cost of living is 25% higher than Illinois
Buffalo Grove
12323% more expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Buffalo Grove cost of living
A+ Buffalo Grove Crime Total crime is 71% lower than Illinois
Total crime
66874% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 15074% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
25%Year over year crime is up
Buffalo Grove crime
B+ Buffalo Grove Employment Household income is 71% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$101,37683% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$47,02358% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%22% lower than the US average
Buffalo Grove employment
C- Buffalo Grove Housing Home value is 71% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$299,60062% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,39947% higher than the US average
Home ownership
79%24% higher than the US average
Buffalo Grove real estate or Buffalo Grove rentals
A- Buffalo Grove Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
96%16% higher than the US average
School test scores
61%23% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:14% higher than the US average
Buffalo Grove K-12 schools

Living in Buffalo Grove, IL

Buffalo Grove, Illinois is a medium-sized city with a population of 41,554 residents. With a population density of 4,382 people per square mile, Buffalo Grove is well above the nation's average density level. According to the most recent Census, 75% of Buffalo Grove residents are White, 19% Asian and 2% Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Buffalo Grove might be a good fit as 87% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 56% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Buffalo Grove, Illinois could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Buffalo Grove, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, education, housing and more.

Buffalo Grove has a livability score of 79 out of 100 and is ranked #25 in Illinois and #2,398 in the USA. Compared to the United States average, Buffalo Grove ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Another exciting tidbit, is that Buffalo Grove ranks better than 90% of all US cities! If we examine each of the categories individually, we see that Buffalo Grove ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A-) and employment (B+). The bad news for Buffalo Grove, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: cost of living (F) and weather (D).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Buffalo Grove on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Buffalo Grove: Long Grove Confectionary Co., Chicago Indoor Racing, and Jump Zone.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 24 crimes per 100,000 residents, Buffalo Grove has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Buffalo Grove is actually affordable. The median home price for Buffalo Grove homes is $299,600, which is 71.4% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Buffalo Grove, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3, which is 0% lower than the Illinois average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Buffalo Grove were 1.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.9%.

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I lived in Buffalo Grove, Illinois for about 8 years in my mid-twenties. I lived on the north side which is more commercial than the southern side which is more residential and family friendly. There were consumer malls and lots of businesses where I lived while the southern part is definitely much more suburban and has more of the "fun" things to do such as restaurants, movie theaters, etc. Although that part has more fun things to do, Buffalo Grove does not have much of a nightlife, especially for young people. The city is definitely more of a suburban family town. The only places for young people to go out would be the Performer's Karaoke & DJ services and Fox & Hound Smoke House & Tavern, even though most of the time these are filled with employees trying to relax for the weekend after their 40 hour work week.

As far as attractions go, most people come for Wyndham Garden Buffalo Grove which is literally just a nice hotel. There are lots of restaurants but most have a strong American flair which some people may or may not like. The restaurant Wildfire, however, offers upscale sushi and is perfect for a special night out and not a regular family get-together.
Overall, the town is a very family-friendly town. It is focused on the family-life as can be seen from its food, attraction, and overall vibe. The people are incredibly nice and there are lots of places to shop. However, if you are looking for a fun night on the town, you might have to be a little more open-minded. There are things to do but you will have to look closer and make the most of what is there.
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Source: The Buffalo Grove, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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