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      Elgin, IL

      Elgin is split between Cook and Kane counties in Illinois. It is found in the northernmost parts of the state, within a 30 minute drive to Chicago. Elgin is one of the largest cities in the state with a population of over 110,000 people. The town boosts significant Native American, farming and technological history with some of the greatest inventions being though of here such as the motorized street sweeper.

      Elgin continues to grow even now. It is constantly building new neighborhoods and homes throughout to accommodate more and more families choosing to move to the city. The Historic District boasts some of the oldest homes in the area, however. Downtown Elgin is home to some of the best homes for those who are interested in working in industries that are close-by or to those who are interested in starting their own businesses. It is growing as well to become more and more affluent.

      The cost of housing in Elgin is lower than the average found throughout the rest of the country. Most homes cost around $140,000. The low prices allow for the city to appeal to individuals looking to move here as well. The average rental price is around $1,100.

      The cost of living continues to be lower than the rest of the country as well, though it is slightly higher than the rest of Illinois. Grocery costs are only slightly lower than the rest of the country, however. Utility prices are also only slightly lower. Transportation prices, however, are significantly lower than those in the rest of the country and even in the rest of Illinois as a whole.

      There are many public transportation offerings in Elgin. The first is the railway system which is able to connect commuters to Union Station in Chicago. There are three railroad stops in the city that ride along the Milwaukee District/West Line. There is also public bus transportation available in the city through PACE which is available everyday but Sunday.

      The historical look of downtown Elgin is one that you do not want to miss. The buildings have been renovated, without losing their historical appeal. Many restaurants, clubs and entertainment offerings sit in those historical buildings now. The Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino is probably the largest attraction in Elgin, however, and it is actually one of the largest attractions in Illinois as a whole.

      Elgin is an unexpected city full of opportunity and growth. It boosts some of the lowest prices for living in one of the most up-and-coming cities in the Midwest. There are plenty of transportation offerings to assist you in getting to your place of employment to help this city grow even more as well. Be sure to see the historical city for yourself and explore all there is to do upon your move.

      Top Rated Schools in Elgin

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Prairie Knolls Middle Sch6 - 764261%
      Prairie View Grade SchoolKG - 565060%
      Country Trails Elementary SchoolKG - 561751%
      Hilltop Elementary SchoolKG - 662233%
      Larsen Middle School7 - 867926%
      Elementary School9 - 122,58222%
      Abbott Middle School7 - 868420%
      Central School Program9 - 129820%
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      Wonderful Community for Young Families
      This community is wonderful. All of the neighbors are friendly and there are great community events offered. You can walk downtown to all amazing attractions and Restaurant Row. There are plenty of parks and natural areas. There is a wide array of private schools to choose from. Historic preservation is big here, it's like walking into a very well-maintained time capsule! Everyone cares for their yards and each other. Great place to live and raise a family!
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      Elgin, IL - Average At Best
      In Elgin, I had a lot of fun at the Grand Victoria Casino. I actually won most of my money back that I went there to play with, which I'm sad to say, is rare for me. The casino offers live entertainment which was actually pretty good. On stage the first part of the night was a comedy act which was pretty funny and, the second part of the evening was open karaoke.

      I loved that the communities in the city of Elgin are not complicated and easy to navigate. The streets are easy to maneuver through and there are lots of helpful people outside with their kids or dogs. The only thing I didn't like is that every place you go there are sweat bees. I thought it was the worst thing in the world to have flies all around you, well I stand corrected.

      The restaurants in Elgin that I dined at all had good food and good customer service. There was not that much diversity when it come to types of food throughout the city. There were only American restaurants and two seafood restaurants. There are not many nightclubs in Elgin. However, there are lots of pubs and karaoke bars. The one club I went to called Medusa, played nothing but techno music the entire night.

      There is very little shopping in Elgin. There is a shopping center called Elgin Shopping Mall but there are few stores and they cater to the elderly, scrap bookers or candle lovers.
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      Source: The Elgin, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).