Itasca 81 Exceptional
Itasca Livability #54 ranked city in Illinois#1,170 ranked city in the USARanks better than 96% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Itasca

  • Commute

    High scores in the commute category could indicate that this area offers short commute times to work and readily available public transportation options.

  • Crime

    This area is characterized by a crime rate, per 100,000 individuals, that falls well below the national average, indicating its potential as a very safe place to live.

  • Employment

    This area scores extremely well in the employment category. This is primarily due to the combination of low unemployment rates, higher median home income and income per capita.

  • Housing

    The housing category in this area boasts higher than average scores, likely influenced by a positive home affordability ratio, robust appreciation rates or elevated home values.

  • Ratings

    Local residents have positive feedback regarding the convenience of amenities, parks, public transit, the friendliness of neighbors, the strong sense of community, and the overall safety of the area.

  • Amenities

    It appears that many amenities may not be conveniently situated within walking distance, potentially necessitating the use of a vehicle or public transit.

  • Cost Of Living

    Residents of this area contend with a high cost of living, resulting in increased expenditures for everyday goods and services, housing, utilities and health care.

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What's it like Living in Itasca?

Itasca is a small-sized city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 9,496 inhabitants. At 84%, the majority of the Itasca population is White; this is followed by 10% Asian and 2% Black. In Itasca, there seems to be a shift in population towards an older age group. The average age of the population is now 48, which is significantly higher than the nation’s average. The average American spends about 26 minutes on their one way commute to work each day. Lower travel times can increase overall happiness and allow for more time to be spent with family and friends. While living in Itasca, your commute times will be about average, with a one way commute time of 25 minutes.

Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Itasca could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Illinois if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like commute, health & safety, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Itasca and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Itasca to Illinois and the national average.

Itasca has a livability score of 81 out of 100 and is ranked #45 in Illinois and #947 in the USA. Clearly, Itasca is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. The cherry on top is that Itasca also ranks in the top 10 percent of all cities. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Itasca ranks very well for crime (A+), education (B+) and housing (A+). On a less positive note, Itasca does not have favorable grades for the following: amenities (F) and cost of living (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

When contemplating a move, job prospects often top the list of priorities. In Itasca, the outlook for new employment is notably brighter than in many other areas. The low unemployment rate of 1.98% points to a surge in job opportunities, the potential for higher wages, enhanced workforce productivity and increased economic growth. These favorable conditions bode well for individuals seeking career advancement and financial stability, making this area an appealing destination for those prioritizing professional opportunities and economic prosperity.

Finding affordable real estate and housing in Itasca can be tricky. Having said that, this area might be the place to get the best of both worlds. Based on factors like home/rental affordability and appreciation rates, this area has received an above average score in the housing category. A healthy real estate market can lead to wealth appreciation for property owners, as rising property values can contribute to homeowners' equity, financial stability and the ability to build long-term wealth.

Itasca 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 Itasca. The median home price for Itasca homes is $343,500, which is 96.5% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Itasca, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 16.7% higher than the Illinois average.

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      Itasca transportation information

      Statistic Itasca Illinois National
      Average one way commute25min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work76.3%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool4.6%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit5.6%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle3.5%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.2%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home7.6%4.4%4.6%
      Source: The Itasca, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).