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A+ Evanston Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Evanston Cost of Living Cost of living is 32% higher than Illinois
Evanston
13030% more expensive than the US average
Illinois
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Evanston cost of living
B+ Evanston Crime Total crime is 3% higher than Illinois
Total crime
2,5238% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 408% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
Evanston crime
B- Evanston Employment Household income is 20% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$71,31729% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$43,94547% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%16% lower than the US average
Evanston employment
D- Evanston Housing Home value is 104% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$356,60093% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,24631% higher than the US average
Home ownership
55%13% lower than the US average
Evanston real estate or Evanston rentals
D+ Evanston Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
45%8% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:111% lower than the US average
Evanston K-12 schools or Evanston colleges

Living in Evanston, IL

Evanston is a mid-sized city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 75,472 people. In Evanston, there are 9,702 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (67% White). Given that fact, Evanston could be considered less diverse than other cities. Evanston has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 75% of the population is classified as married and 53% have kids.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Evanston, Illinois could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Evanston and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Evanston to Illinois and the national average.

Evanston, IL receives 69 out of 100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #337 in Illinois and #12,221 in the USA. If we examine each of the categories individually, we see that Evanston ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (B+) and employment (B-). There is at least one category that did not score well in Evanston. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: cost of living (F), weather (D-) and housing (D-).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Evanston 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. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Evanston: Northwestern University, Grosse Point Lighthouse, and Ryan Field.

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. Evanston has a violent crime rate of 163 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife and proximity to public transportation are all important factors to search for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Evanston is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Evanston come in at $356,600, which is 104% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Evanston, the home price to income ratio is 5, which is 66.7% 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 Evanston will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Evanston, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 3.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.2%.

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Compare Evanston, IL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Evanston, IL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Edison Park, Chicago776.811,128
O'hare, Chicago749.812,706
Forest Glen, Chicago74518,298
Norwood Park, Chicago717.237,477
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Jefferson Park, Chicago715.926,594
North Center, Chicago696.934,931
North Park, Chicago694.618,562
Dunning, Chicago68943,244

Best Cities Near Evanston, IL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Indian Head Park, IL8621.93,823
Clarendon Hills, IL8121.88,641
Pistakee Highlands, IL8136.13,263
Algonquin, IL8132.830,413
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Chesterton, IN8145.113,912
Lake in the Hills, IL8133.128,908
Pleasant Prairie, WI8137.120,395
Grandwood Park, IL8128.15,471
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Evanston, Illinois: Best of the North Shore

Attractions8/10
Community6/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping7/10
After calling Evanston, Illinois, home for four years, I only have good things to say about the city/township. Nestled into the North Shore and the first suburb north of Chicago, Evanston has a charm all its own and a proximity to Chicago that make it an excellent place to visit or live. Northwestern University is the main attraction, stretching for a few square miles along the lakeshore. With high caliber theatrical and music productions at the university on a weekly basis, a memorable night out in Evanston is easy to have.

Of course, with the college crowd, there are also plenty of bars and clubs in town as well. Check out Nevin's Pub or the Celtic Knot for good food and drink. If something more upscale is your fancy, Pete Miller's Seafood and Prime Steak is not to be missed. Stick around long enough into the evening and you'll also hear some hot jazz, music which came of age in Chi-town to the south.

A classic upper-middle class midwest suburb, Evanston is a wonderful place to dip your toes in the waters of Lake Michigan, eat out at a fine restaurant, or do both!
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Source: The Evanston, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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