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      Living in Naperville, IL

      Naperville, Illinois is a medium-sized city with a population of 145,789 inhabitants. In Naperville, there are 3,768 people per square mile, which is well above the national population density average. The majority of Naperville residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. Naperville has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 87% of the population is classified as married and 49% have kids.

      Whether you’re moving to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Naperville 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. The best areas in Naperville and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, cost of living, commute, employment, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Illinois and national averages.

      Naperville has a livability score of 84 out of 100 and is ranked #20 in Illinois and #488 in the USA. Clearly, Naperville is doing something right, as this score ranks well above the average of most cities. Naperville has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Naperville scores well for amenities (B+), crime (A+), education (A) and housing (A+). Unfortunately for Naperville, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F).

      Location, location, location - those 3 words empasize the significance of the location of any property and are possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Naperville, there are an abundance of amazing local amenities and other interesting things to do. These include grocery stores, coffee shops, places to eat and parks. Some of the more notable entertainment options include: Riverwalk, Hollywood Palms Cinema, and Dupage Children's Museum.

      Low violent crime rates (murder, rape, robbery, assault) provide a safer environment for residents, reducing the risk of personal harm, property theft or violence. Low crime can also lead to increased property values and desirability. At 69 crimes per 100,000 residents, Naperville has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

      A healthy real estate market serves as a key economic indicator. It could signify overall local economic strength, stability and reflects consumer confidence in the area. Based on multiple factors including: median home and rental prices, appreciation rates and home affordability, Naperville has received high marks in the housing category. Based on these calculations, the apartment rental and real estate market appears to be very healthy.

      Assuming that Naperville meets all of your requirements like low crime rates, good schools and great local amenities, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Naperville. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Naperville are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Naperville come in at $388,400, which is 122.2% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Naperville, the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 16.7% higher than the Illinois average.

      Naperville transportation information

      Statistic Naperville Illinois National
      Average one way commute34min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work74.5%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool4.6%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit9.8%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.5%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk1.5%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home8.3%4.4%4.6%

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