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A+ Oswego Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Oswego Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% higher than Illinois
11010% more expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Oswego cost of living
A+ Oswego Crime Total crime is 57% lower than Illinois
Total crime
1,06361% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 9561% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-26%Year over year crime is down
Oswego crime
B Oswego Employment Household income is 65% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$97,53776% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$35,68120% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%27% lower than the US average
Oswego employment
D+ Oswego Housing Home value is 29% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$225,10022% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,64473% higher than the US average
Home ownership
85%34% higher than the US average
Oswego real estate or Oswego rentals
C- Oswego Schools HS graduation rate is 10% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
94%13% higher than the US average
School test scores
47%4% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
28:174% higher than the US average
Oswego K-12 schools or Oswego colleges

Living in Oswego, IL

Oswego is a medium-sized city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 33,245 inhabitants. The majority of Oswego residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Oswego is known to be family friendly as more than 84% of the population has already tied the knot. It might also be worth noting that 41% of residents also have children under the age of 18.

If you’re considering moving to any new city, it could be a very daunting task. However, it could also be a positive experience if you are willing to get to know the town before actually living in Oswego, Illinois. To help you find the best places to live in and around Oswego, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, weather, education and more.

The livability score in Oswego is 75/100 and the city is ranked in the 81st percentile of all cities across America. Pack your bags! This is a very high score in comparison to other US cities. Living in Oswego could be a great choice! For each of the livability categories, we see that Oswego ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A+) and employment (B). On a less positive note, Oswego does not have favorable ranks for the following: cost of living (F) and weather (F). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Oswego, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 62 crimes per 100,000 residents, Oswego has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Oswego is actually affordable. The median home price for Oswego homes is $225,100, which is 28.8% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Oswego, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 2.3, which is 23.3% lower than the Illinois average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Oswego area were 11.4% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 4%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Oswego: An Upscale City in Illinois

Living in Oswego, Illinois, has a few upsides and a few downsides. One of the upsides, which I like a lot about the city, is that the crime rate is exceedingly low and the jobs pay quite well. I had no trouble finding a job when I moved here, and it seems that there are a lot of great local businesses which are regularly hiring both full-time and part-time workers.

Where Oswego could use a little improvement is that it doesn't have a whole lot of things to do. There are a few grocery stores in the city and enough regular stores where you can find the things you'll need for your daily life. If you're looking for high-end restaurants or a city that offers a lot of shopping or recreational activities, you may have better luck if you drive to a neighboring city. I don't mind a quiet city though, so it doesn't bother me too much.
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Source: The Oswego, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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