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A+ Carol Stream Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Carol Stream Cost of Living Cost of living is 13% higher than Illinois
Carol Stream
11111% more expensive than the US average
Illinois
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Carol Stream cost of living
A+ Carol Stream Crime Total crime is 53% lower than Illinois
Total crime
1,10957% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 9157% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
31%Year over year crime is up
Carol Stream crime
C- Carol Stream Employment Household income is 23% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$73,10432% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$31,1024% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%10% higher than the US average
Carol Stream employment
C- Carol Stream Housing Home value is 31% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$228,50024% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,07613% higher than the US average
Home ownership
66%4% higher than the US average
Carol Stream real estate or Carol Stream rentals
D+ Carol Stream Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
47%5% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
19:116% higher than the US average
Carol Stream K-12 schools

Living in Carol Stream, IL

Located in the state of Illinois, Carol Stream is a medium-sized city with a population of 40,228 inhabitants. Carol Stream has a population density of 4,403 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. The majority of Carol Stream residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. Carol Stream has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 79% of the population is classified as married and 58% have kids.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Carol Stream, Illinois. Finding the best places to live in Carol Stream and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, weather, housing and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 73/100, Carol Stream is ranked #6,834 in the United States and #143 in Illinois. There are seven total categories that create the livability score. Carol Stream scores well for amenities (A+) and crime (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Carol Stream. The following was graded with a concerning score: cost of living (F) and weather (D-).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Carol Stream 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.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 132 crimes per 100,000 residents, Carol Stream has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Carol Stream is real estate affordability. The median home price for Carol Stream homes is $228,500, which is 30.7% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Carol Stream, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 3.3% higher 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 Carol Stream were 3.7%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5%.

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Compare Carol Stream, IL Livability To Other Cities

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A Great Suburb of Chicago

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Community8/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping7/10
I've been living in Carol Stream for about four years now and I really like it! One thing I really love about it is the short commute to the metra that takes you to Ogilvie Transportation Center in downtown Chicago. In the summers Carol Stream plans a fourth of July parade and fireworks and the park district has tons of events so it's a great place to raise kids and I've always felt safe living here.

Some of the best places in Carol Stream are all the restaurants and grocery stores. Carol Stream has a huge Caputo's and Mariano's for grocery shopping and the BEST sandwich shop called Augustino's. It doesn't have a ton of bars or busy night life so I usually go to the neighboring towns to get drinks with my friends. The best areas in Carol Stream are around North Avenue where most of the restaurants are and has easy access to the highway.

Winters in Illinois are intense if your not from the Midwest and used to it. Temperatures in January are only around 10-20 degrees but the rest of the seasons are beautiful and Carol Stream does a good job of clearing the streets of snow in the winter.
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Source: The Carol Stream, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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