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A+ Galesburg Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A Galesburg Cost of Living Cost of living is 21% lower than Illinois
7822% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Galesburg cost of living
B- Galesburg Crime Total crime is 14% lower than Illinois
Total crime
2,09724% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4824% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-35%Year over year crime is down
Galesburg crime
D- Galesburg Employment Household income is 43% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$33,60139% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,38232% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%7% lower than the US average
Galesburg employment
C+ Galesburg Housing Home value is 59% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$71,70061% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$59038% lower than the US average
Home ownership
56%12% lower than the US average
Galesburg real estate or Galesburg rentals
F Galesburg Schools HS graduation rate is 8% lower than Illinois
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
22%55% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
15:19% lower than the US average
Galesburg K-12 schools or Galesburg colleges

Living in Galesburg, IL

Galesburg is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 31,469 inhabitants. If we take a look at the last Census, the vast majority of the population falls within one racial group (80% White). Given that fact, Galesburg could be considered less diverse than other cities. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Galesburg. With average one way commute time of only 14 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the city before actually living in Galesburg, Illinois. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, weather, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Galesburg and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Galesburg to Illinois and the national average.

The livability score in Galesburg is 68/100 and the city is ranked in the 54th percentile of all cities across America. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Galesburg has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and cost of living (A). The bad news for Galesburg, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (D), weather (D-), education (F) and employment (D-).

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

From the cost of groceries to never ending utility bills, monthly expenses can add up in a hurry. We are happy to report that the cost of living in Galesburg is actually 22.17% lower than the national average. You can definitely expect all those irritating monthly expenses to be less than most other cities.

Assuming that Galesburg meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Galesburg. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Galesburg are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Galesburg come in at $71,700, which is 59% lower than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Galesburg, the home price to income ratio is 2.1, which is 30% lower than the Illinois average.

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Beautiful Lakes, Charming Grounds

I haven't lived in Galesburg for very long yet, but I can already tell that I'm going to like it enough to stay here for years to come. The city is small, but so cozy and charming. The feeling of a warm blanket wrapped around my shoulders makes up for any lack of shopping or attractions. Living in Galesburg is like sitting on a porch out in the country, sipping a cup of hot tea, watching the sky change as the sun rises over the horizon line. That's how charming and cozy it is here.

If you need something to do besides walking the streets and observing others like I tend to spend my days doing, the best areas in Galesburg to have some fun are Lake Storey Park for those who like beautiful nature and a bit of fishing, the Railroad Museum or one of the many historic homes for those who like history, or the Children's Museum for those with little ones.
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