Chicago 59 Below average
Chicago Livability #1,078 ranked city in Illinois#23,599 ranked city in the USARanks better than 19% of areas
A+ Chicago Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Chicago Cost of Living Cost of living is 14% higher than Illinois
11111% more expensive than the US average
973% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Chicago cost of living
F Chicago Crime Total crime is 98% higher than Illinois
Total crime
3,92667% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2667% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
Chicago crime
D- Chicago Employment Household income is 15% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$50,4349% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$30,8473% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%56% higher than the US average
Chicago employment
C Chicago Housing Home value is 29% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$225,20022% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$9874% higher than the US average
Home ownership
44%31% lower than the US average
Chicago real estate or Chicago rentals
F Chicago Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than Illinois
High school grad. rates
80%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
22%54% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
21:134% higher than the US average
Chicago K-12 schools
C+ Chicago User Ratings There are a total of 115 ratings in Chicago
Overall user rating
67% 115 total ratings
User reviews rating
69% 18 total reviews
User surveys rating
66% 97 total surveys
all Chicago poll results

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      Living in Chicago, IL

      Chicago is a big city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 2,714,017 residents. In Chicago, there are 11,938 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. Chicago is known to be an ethnically diverse city. The two most common races are White (49%) and Black or African American (31%). Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Chicago are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 25% of the population also speak Spanish.

      Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Chicago, Illinois could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Chicago and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, weather, employment and other important metrics.

      Chicago, IL receives 57 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #1,197 in Illinois and #26,268 in the USA. This is a poor rating when compared to the average of other places in the country. This city ranks so poorly that more than 90% of the cities in all of the USA have a higher score. If we explore each of the categories on their own, we see that Chicago ranks well for amenities (A+). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Chicago. The following was graded with a discouraging score: crime (F), cost of living (F), weather (D), education (F) and employment (D-).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Chicago has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Millennium Park, Art Institute of Chicago, and John Hancock Center / Observatory.

      Chicago 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 Chicago. Median real estate prices in Chicago come in at $225,200, which is 28.8% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Chicago, the home price to income ratio is 4.5, which is 50% higher than the Illinois average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Chicago will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Chicago, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 3.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.5%.

      Chicago transportation information

      Average one way commute34min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work49.5%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.2%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit27.8%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.6%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk6.7%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home4.5%4.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Chicago, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).