Irving Park

Population: 55,070Median home value: $291,907 62 Ranks better than 28% of areas
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A+ Irving Park Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Irving Park Cost of Living Cost of living is 22% higher than Illinois
Irving Park
12020% more expensive than the US average
11313% more expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Irving Park cost of living
D Irving Park Crime Total crime is 2% higher than Illinois
Total crime
2,5079% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 409% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
13%Year over year crime is up
Irving Park crime
C Irving Park Employment Household income is 6% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$62,62013% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$30,5292% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%8% lower than the US average
Irving Park employment
D+ Irving Park Housing Home value is 67% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$291,90758% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9904% higher than the US average
Home ownership
45%29% lower than the US average
Irving Park real estate or Irving Park rentals
F Irving Park Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than Illinois
High school grad. rates
81%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
29%40% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Chicago K-12 schools or Chicago colleges

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Irresistible Irving Park, Chicago

Having lived in Irving Park for about seven years now, I can vouch for this neighborhood being one of the best neighborhoods - as for as location goes in Chicago. If you are younger and looking for affordable living while still staying relatively close to downtown activity, Irving Park is the happy medium. It is bordered on the north by Montrose Avenue, the south by Addison Street, the east by the Chicago River, and the west by the Milwaukee Road. Crime rates are 20% lower than other Chicago neighborhoods, and the general location is filled with young singles as well as young families. Many of the back roads are quiet and peaceful, filled with all sorts of flowers during the spring and summer.

The best part about this area is its location in between two of the trains, the red line and the brown line. It is far enough north that the trains aren't packed in the mornings but not so far north that it takes over an hour to reach downtown (even on the busier mornings). Rent here is 17% lower than the rest of the city, making it ideal for the younger crowd still unestablished at work. There are plenty of grocery stores, restaurants, and shopping areas within a small area, so walking is the preferred method of travel by residents in Irving Park.

Unfortunately, Irving Park lacks any big attractions and high end shopping. Because the general area is cheaper to live in, the main roads and sidewalks are dirty and noisy while all of the nice homes are blocks away. If you want to reach any of the touristy areas of Chicago, you have to take a train or bus downtown, so riding the transit system becomes tedious and boring very quickly. Owning a home here is also very expensive. At a median of $349,400, Irving Park is 29% higher than the Chicago average. It is also a good distance from the lake, so if you plan on having a beach day, it takes planning and travel.
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Source: The Irving Park, Chicago, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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