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A+ Downers Grove Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Downers Grove Cost of Living Cost of living is 21% higher than Illinois
Downers Grove
11919% more expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Downers Grove cost of living
A+ Downers Grove Crime Total crime is 47% lower than Illinois
Total crime
1,23352% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8252% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-10%Year over year crime is down
Downers Grove crime
B Downers Grove Employment Household income is 44% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$85,17154% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$44,30249% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%11% lower than the US average
Downers Grove employment
F Downers Grove Housing Home value is 90% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$331,60080% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,18124% higher than the US average
Home ownership
75%18% higher than the US average
Downers Grove real estate or Downers Grove rentals
D Downers Grove Schools HS graduation rate is 12% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
95%15% higher than the US average
School test scores
42%15% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:111% higher than the US average
Downers Grove K-12 schools or Downers Grove colleges

Living in Downers Grove, IL

Located in the state of Illinois, Downers Grove is a moderately-sized city with a population of 49,555 inhabitants. In Downers Grove, there are 3,415 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. According to the most recent Census, 88% of Downers Grove residents are White, 6% Asian and 3% Black. Downers Grove has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 84% of the population is classified as married and 59% have kids.

Living in Downers Grove can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of Illinois, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Downers Grove and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from cost of living, education, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Illinois and national averages.

With a livability score of 71/100, Downers Grove is ranked #9,779 in the United States and #243 in Illinois. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Downers Grove scores well for amenities (A+), crime (A+) and employment (B). There is at least one category that did not score well in Downers Grove. The following was graded with a concerning score: cost of living (F), weather (D-), education (D) and housing (F).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Downers Grove, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 71 crimes per 100,000 residents, Downers Grove has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Downers Grove. 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 Downers Grove are affordable. Median real estate prices in Downers Grove come in at $331,600, which is 89.7% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Downers Grove, the home price to income ratio is 3.9, which is 30% higher 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 Downers Grove area were 3.3% and 5 year appreciation rates were 4.4%.

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Compare Downers Grove, IL Livability To Other Cities

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Life Is Up In Downers Grove, IL

I lived in Downers Grove for three years while attending flight school at O'Hare Airport and I loved the city. It has an upbeat attitude in part because it was not affected by the economy as much as other cities were. I especially enjoyed the ease of taking the train to Chicago for a day.
The town's municipal facilities are excellent and well maintained. The town has a large Catholic population that I enjoyed. The library was among the finest in the area. I would recommend Downers Grove to anyone, and I get back to the city about 4 times a year so I keep up with its progress.

Downers Grove, Illinois is a unique city in today's economy. It has low unemployment at 6.7 percent, and high population sustainability having lost only 1.8 percent of the population since 2000. The estimated median household income in grew 20 percent from 2000 when it was $65,539 to $72,595 and in 2009. A large segment of the population is working and their earnings are outpacing the state and the country on a household basis percentage basis. The most common occupations were white collar jobs in 2010. The median price for home sales in the 4th quarter of 2011 was $200,000 down from $300,000 in the 2nd quarter of 2010 and down from $350,000 in 2006. It doesn't speak well for the economy in Downers Grove when the median house price drops $100,000 in one year, which is the sharpest drop in its history. Crime is very low.

Medical care is rather exceptional with an acute care hospital located in Downers Grove and easy access to three other hospitals with the farthest being 7 miles away. Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove has a Heliport for transporting extremely ill or injured patients. The country's most prestigious school for training osteopathic physicians is located in Downers Grove.

The air quality in Downers Grove is very poor with an Air Quality Index (AQI) level of 36.5 which is higher than the national average. Nitrogen Dioxide and Particulate Matter are the worse components of the AQI. I found this to be a problem.
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