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A+ Highland Park Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Highland Park Cost of Living Cost of living is 55% higher than Illinois
Highland Park
15353% more expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Highland Park cost of living
A+ Highland Park Crime Total crime is 51% lower than Illinois
Total crime
1,20256% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 8456% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
13%Year over year crime is up
Highland Park crime
A+ Highland Park Employment Household income is 120% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$130,355136% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$77,511160% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%29% lower than the US average
Highland Park employment
F Highland Park Housing Home value is 206% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$534,500189% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,56164% higher than the US average
Home ownership
83%30% higher than the US average
Highland Park real estate or Highland Park rentals
C Highland Park Schools HS graduation rate is 13% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
96%15% higher than the US average
School test scores
48%3% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:115% lower than the US average
Highland Park K-12 schools

Living in Highland Park, IL

Highland Park, Illinois is a medium-sized city with a population of 29,780 people. The majority of Highland Park residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. Highland Park is known to be family friendly as more than 88% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 58% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

Living in Highland Park can be a great experience for anyone moving to the city. Having said that, in the state of Illinois, there are many amazing places to live, so choose wisely! The best areas in Highland Park and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, education, employment, 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 69 out of 100, Highland Park is ranked #12,533 in the United States and #364 in Illinois. If we consider each of the categories individually, we see that Highland Park ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+) and employment (A+). On a more negative note, Highland Park does not have favorable grades for the following: cost of living (F), weather (F) 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 Highland Park 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. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Highland Park: Ravinia Park, Rosewood Beach, and Moraine Park.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 51 crimes per 100,000 residents, Highland Park has a violent crime rate that is far below 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 Highland Park is real estate affordability. The median home price for Highland Park homes is $534,500, which is 205.8% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Highland Park, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.1, which is 36.7% higher than the Illinois average. Real estate appreciation rates in Highland Park are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Highland Park homes comes in at -2.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 3.2%.

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Compare Highland Park, IL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Highland Park, IL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Edison Park, Chicago7712.111,128
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
West Ridge, Chicago6313.973,660

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Highland Park: The Best of Both Worlds

Highland Park is a beautiful city outside of Chicago. It has an upscale yet quaint feel. There are many beautiful homes and landscapes throughout the town. I love Highland Park because of the high quality of life that it offers me and my family. There is always something to do, always opportunities to learn new things, and beautiful views to take in.

Highland Park has a lot of places to eat and shop. While a lot of them are chains, there are several places that are strictly from Highland Park. One of the more memorable of these places being Cafe Central. Cafe Central is like walking into Paris. There is great French food and drinks in a warm and very Parisian style bistro.

While Highland Park might be a bit more quiet and calm than the city, it is just a short drive into the heart of Chicago. I think that the proximity to the city while maintaining the safer and more reserved lifestyle is the biggest benefit of Highland Park living.
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Source: The Highland Park, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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