Geneva 81 Exceptional
Geneva Livability #89 ranked city in Illinois#2,771 ranked city in the USARanks better than 90% of areas
A+ Geneva Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Geneva Cost of Living Cost of living is 20% higher than Illinois
11717% more expensive than the US average
973% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Geneva cost of living
A+ Geneva Crime Total crime is 63% lower than Illinois
Total crime
73569% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 13769% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
Geneva crime
B Geneva Employment Household income is 69% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$100,28481% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$45,00251% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%3% lower than the US average
Geneva employment
F Geneva Housing Home value is 74% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$305,00065% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,26333% higher than the US average
Home ownership
81%28% higher than the US average
Geneva real estate or Geneva rentals
C Geneva Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
96%15% higher than the US average
School test scores
49%1% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:138% higher than the US average
Geneva K-12 schools
A+ Geneva User Ratings There are a total of 9 ratings in Geneva
Overall user rating
85% 9 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
86% 8 total surveys
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      Living in Geneva, IL

      Geneva, Illinois is a moderately-sized city with a population of 21,732 inhabitants. At 96%, the majority of the Geneva population is White; this is followed by 2% Asian and 0% Black. 85% of the people in Geneva (over the age of 15) are married and 56% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

      If you’re considering relocating to any new city, it could be a very intimidating task. However, it could also be a fulfilling experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Geneva, Illinois. The best areas in Geneva and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, cost of living, education, housing, 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 78 out of 100, Geneva is ranked #2,934 in the United States and #32 in Illinois. Compared to the national average, Geneva ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Geneva has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A-) and employment (B). On a more negative note, Geneva does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (F), weather (D-) and housing (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Geneva on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: The Little Traveler, Downtown Geneva Historic Shopping District, and American Science & Surplus Store.

      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. Geneva has a violent crime rate of 41 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

      Geneva 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 Geneva. Median real estate prices in Geneva come in at $305,000, which is 74.5% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Geneva, the home price to income ratio is 3, which is 0% lower 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 Geneva will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Geneva, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 4.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4.1%.

      Geneva transportation information

      Average one way commute31min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work74.4%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.4%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit6.0%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.4%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.3%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home9.9%4.4%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Geneva, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).