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A+ Gurnee Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Gurnee Cost of Living Cost of living is 19% higher than Illinois
Gurnee
11717% more expensive than the US average
Illinois
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Gurnee cost of living
C Gurnee Crime Total crime is 65% higher than Illinois
Total crime
4,03246% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2546% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-6%Year over year crime is down
Gurnee crime
B Gurnee Employment Household income is 50% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$88,55360% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$39,95834% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%21% lower than the US average
Gurnee employment
C+ Gurnee Housing Home value is 44% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$251,30036% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,17924% higher than the US average
Home ownership
70%11% higher than the US average
Gurnee real estate or Gurnee rentals
D- Gurnee Schools HS graduation rate is 9% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
93%12% higher than the US average
School test scores
41%17% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
41:1156% higher than the US average
Gurnee K-12 schools or Gurnee colleges

Living in Gurnee, IL

Gurnee, Illinois is a medium-sized city with a population of 31,070 residents. According to the most recent Census, 76% of Gurnee residents are White, 10% Asian and 7% Black. 82% of the people in Gurnee (over the age of 15) are married and 51% 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.

Without the right tools, relocating to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Gurnee, Illinois could be a great experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Gurnee, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, cost of living, education, employment, housing and more.

Using data and statistics Gurnee has received a livability score of 70 out of 100. This score is ranked in the 65th percentile when compared to all other cities. If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Gurnee ranks well for amenities (A+) and employment (B). There is at least one category that did not score well in Gurnee. The following was graded with a less than perfect score: cost of living (F), weather (D-) and education (D-).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Gurnee, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Gurnee: Six Flags Great America, KeyLime Cove Waterpark, and Gurnee Mills Outlet.

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. Gurnee has a violent crime rate of 152 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

Assuming that Gurnee meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Gurnee. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Gurnee are simply unattainable. The median home price for Gurnee homes is $251,300, which is 43.8% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Gurnee, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.8, which is 6.7% lower than the Illinois average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Gurnee were 4.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.3%.

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The Suburb Without Compromise: Gurnee, IL!

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Community9/10
Nightlife6/10
Dining6/10
Shopping9/10
Gurnee, Illinois is a great place to live. After spending only a few years living in this suburb of Chicago, I can confidently say I’d live here longer if I could. The shopping is excellent with a mall conveniently located in the city and plenty of store throughout Gurnee with diverse options to suit anyone’s needs.

Employment is steady, and with several corporate offices in the region, gainful employment is certainly not hard to find. The cost of living can seem high at times but is usually counteracted by higher paying jobs, being that the city is so close to Chicago and the “Metra” rail that takes you into downtown Chicago at a reasonable price.

I couldn’t have picked a better suburb to live in than Gurnee. The weather is that of Chicago, with really warm summers and sometimes frigid winters with a lot of snow. But you come to expect that when you’re living anywhere in the Midwest.
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Source: The Gurnee, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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