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A+ Joliet Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
C Joliet Cost of Living Cost of living is 2% lower than Illinois
964% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Joliet cost of living
C+ Joliet Crime Total crime is 13% lower than Illinois
Total crime
2,13422% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 4722% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-21%Year over year crime is down
Joliet crime
D Joliet Employment Household income is 4% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$61,83412% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$25,08916% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%23% higher than the US average
Joliet employment
B+ Joliet Housing Home value is 6% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$163,90011% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$9411% lower than the US average
Home ownership
71%11% higher than the US average
Joliet real estate or Joliet rentals
F Joliet Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than Illinois
High school grad. rates
80%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
25%48% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:18% higher than the US average
Joliet K-12 schools or Joliet colleges

Living in Joliet, IL

Joliet, Illinois is a mid-sized city with a population of 147,515 inhabitants. At 66%, the majority of the Joliet population is White; this is followed by 16% Black and 2% Asian. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of Joliet are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 22% of the population also speak Spanish. The median age of all Joliet residents is 33, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles. Joliet has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 71% of the population is classified as married and 48% have kids.

Without the right tools, moving to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Joliet, Illinois could be a fulfilling experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. With useful information like amenities, crime, weather, education, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Joliet and in the areas around Joliet is a much easier task.

Using data and statistics Joliet has received a livability score of 71/100. This score is ranked in the 68th percentile when compared to all other cities. If we probe a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Joliet has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and housing (B+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Joliet. The following was graded with a disappointing score: weather (D-), education (F) and employment (D).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Joliet has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Joliet: Harrah's Joliet Casino, Rialto Square Theatre, and Empress River Casino.

For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Joliet apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city.

Assuming that Joliet meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Joliet. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Joliet are simply unattainable. The median home price for Joliet homes is $163,900, which is 6.2% lower than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Joliet, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.7, which is 10% 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 Joliet were 6.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 8.2%.

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I visited the city of Joliet, Il in the summer of 2008, with my husband. This was in the month of August. It was chilly, the temperature did not go up past 75 during the day and at night it dropped to about 65 degrees.

I was very disappointed by the nightlife in Joliet. I thought that because Chicago is so close by, that the club scene was going to be great, I was very wrong. We did not find one club that looked worthy of us venturing inside. They all looked rundown and the people waiting to get inside, gave the impression that a dress code was not of importance.

We had the most wonderful opportunity to stay at the Empress Casino and Hotel in Joliet. This is probably the best thing that city has to offer. When we drove up, we could not believe how exquisite the overall appearance of the building was, it really gave the area a beautiful appearance. Inside the hotel just as grand as the outside. I was really surprised to find something so grand in the middle of a city that was so lacking in what it had to offer. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a comfortable place to spend the night in Joliet.

Overall, I would not advise young singles or couples to visit the city of Joliet. If you are looking for some glam and sophistication, stick to the windy city of Chicago close by.
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