Crystal Lake 85 Exceptional
Crystal Lake Livability #24 ranked city in Illinois#1,302 ranked city in the USARanks better than 95% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Crystal Lake Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ Crystal Lake Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than Illinois
Crystal Lake
1022% more expensive than the US average
973% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Crystal Lake cost of living
A+ Crystal Lake Crime Total crime is 40% lower than Illinois
Total crime
1,34246% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7546% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-21%Year over year crime is down
Crystal Lake crime
C+ Crystal Lake Employment Household income is 36% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$80,76046% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$35,03917% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%14% lower than the US average
Crystal Lake employment
A- Crystal Lake Housing Home value is 15% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$201,5009% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,17123% higher than the US average
Home ownership
73%15% higher than the US average
Crystal Lake real estate or Crystal Lake rentals
D- Crystal Lake Schools HS graduation rate is 7% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
90%9% higher than the US average
School test scores
41%17% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:115% higher than the US average
Crystal Lake K-12 schools
A Crystal Lake User Ratings There are a total of 12 ratings in Crystal Lake
Overall user rating
82% 12 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
83% 11 total surveys
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      Living in Crystal Lake, IL

      Located in the state of Illinois, Crystal Lake is a mid-sized city with a population of 40,475 inhabitants. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (93% White). Given that fact, Crystal Lake could be considered less diverse than other cities. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Crystal Lake might be a good fit as 80% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 52% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Crystal Lake could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Illinois if you know where to look. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, education, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Crystal Lake and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Crystal Lake to Illinois and the national average.

      The livability score in Crystal Lake is 79/100 and the city is ranked in the 92nd percentile of all cities across America. Compared to the United States average, Crystal Lake ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Crystal Lake has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. If we check out each of the categories individually, we see that Crystal Lake ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A) and housing (A-). There is at least one category that you should be aware of in Crystal Lake. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: weather (D-) and education (D-).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Crystal Lake 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.

      Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Crystal Lake has a violent crime rate of 132 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

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

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Crystal Lake. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Crystal Lake are affordable. Median real estate prices in Crystal Lake come in at $201,500, which is 15.3% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Crystal Lake, the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 16.7% 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 Crystal Lake area were 8% and 5 year appreciation rates were 6.4%.

      Crystal Lake transportation information

      StatisticCrystal LakeIllinoisNational
      Average one way commute32min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.8%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.4%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.5%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.7%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home5.8%4.4%4.6%

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