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      Living in Elmhurst, IL

      Elmhurst is a mid-sized city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 45,742 inhabitants. Elmhurst has a population density of 4,458 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. At 90%, the majority of the Elmhurst population is White; this is followed by 5% Asian and 1% Black. Elmhurst is known to be family friendly as more than 85% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 48% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

      Living in Elmhurst can be a good experience for anyone relocating to the town. Having said that, in the state of Illinois, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! When searching for a new neighborhood, several factors play a vital role in determining its suitability. Safety should be a top priority, ensuring a secure environment with low crime rates. Proximity to your workplace or school helps minimize commuting time and allows for a better work-life balance. Availability of essential amenities such as parks, coffee shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and healthcare facilities contributes to convenience and well-being. Access to reliable public transportation options facilitates easy commuting and connectivity. Additionally, considering the sense of community and the overall atmosphere that resonates with your lifestyle and preferences fosters a harmonious living experience. To help you find the best places to live in and around Elmhurst, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like cost of living, commute, education, housing and more.

      Elmhurst, IL receives 85 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #14 in Illinois and #403 in the USA. This is a great score, as Elmhurst ranks well in multiple categories! Elmhurst also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities, which is no small feat! There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Elmhurst ranks well for amenities (A-), crime (A+), education (A) and housing (A+). On a less positive note, Elmhurst does not have favorable ranks for the following: cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Location, location, location - those 3 words empasize the significance of the location of any property and are possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Elmhurst, there are an abundance of amazing local amenities and other interesting things to do. These include grocery stores, coffee shops, places to eat and parks.

      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 can help foster positive community dynamics and social cohesion. Elmhurst has a violent crime rate of 75 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

      Finding affordable real estate and apartments for rent in Elmhurst can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category. A healthy real estate market can lead to wealth appreciation for property owners, as rising property values can contribute to homeowners' equity, financial stability and the ability to build long-term wealth.

      Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst. The median home price for Elmhurst homes is $381,500, which is 118.2% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Elmhurst, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.8, which is 26.7% higher than the Illinois average.

      Elmhurst transportation information

      Statistic Elmhurst Illinois National
      Average one way commute29min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work68.3%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool4.6%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit11.2%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk3.5%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home11.7%4.4%4.6%

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