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A+ Palatine Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Palatine Cost of Living Cost of living is 20% higher than Illinois
11919% more expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Palatine cost of living
A+ Palatine Crime Total crime is 64% lower than Illinois
Total crime
89368% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 11368% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-3%Year over year crime is down
Palatine crime
C+ Palatine Employment Household income is 27% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$75,06636% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$38,22128% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%13% lower than the US average
Palatine employment
C Palatine Housing Home value is 52% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$265,80044% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,13520% higher than the US average
Home ownership
68%7% higher than the US average
Palatine real estate or Palatine rentals
D+ Palatine Schools HS graduation rate is 5% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
89%7% higher than the US average
School test scores
46%6% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:18% higher than the US average
Palatine K-12 schools or Palatine colleges

Living in Palatine, IL

Palatine, Illinois is a medium-sized city with a population of 69,098 people. Palatine has a population density of 5,074 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. According to the most recent Census, 71% of Palatine residents are White, 12% Asian and 3% Black. 80% of the people in Palatine (over the age of 15) are married and 54% have kids under the age of eighteen. Knowing that, it’s safe to say that this area could be a great place for other families to lay down roots.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Palatine is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a positive experience before relocating to any new city in Illinois, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Finding the best places to live in Palatine and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, crime, cost of living, employment, housing and other important metrics.

Palatine, IL receives 75/100 for its livability score; this results in a ranking of #89 in Illinois and #4,972 in the USA. Based on this score, Palatine would be considered a very livable city! If we consider each of the categories on their own, we see that Palatine ranks well for amenities (A+), crime (A+) and employment (C+). There are some categories that Palatine does not rank well for, including: cost of living (F) and weather (D). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

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

Feeling a sense of safety in the area that you live in is a must for most people. Low crime rates can have a positive impact on things like home prices, home appreciation rates and the overall sense of community. Palatine has a violent crime rate of 60 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than 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 Palatine is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Palatine come in at $265,800, which is 52.1% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Palatine, the home price to income ratio is 3.5, which is 16.7% higher than the Illinois average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Palatine will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Palatine, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 1.2%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 5.8%.

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Compare Palatine, IL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Palatine, IL

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Decent suburb, overall safe and fun town for people in their 20's

Like with every area theres a ghetto but 90% of Palatine is safe. The downtown has been newly redone with a fair amount of bars/shopping and places to eat all within walking distance. Though entertainment options are limited, most people who regulate P town are in their 20's and too drunk to realize it. It's close enough to the city and lots of public trans. so you can get to and from easily.
Also, for people who like to exersize outdoors, there is a forest preserve with a long bike/running path that goes through most of the town.
I think Palatine is good for all ages but the downtown is def. geared more towards college kids.
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Palatine, IL - Who Would Have Known?

I discovered Palatine, Il on a stop over during a recent trip. Palatine is a village that makes you feel like your part of the community, with the wonderful curb appeal and beautiful parks. I extended my trip from a stay over to a day exploring. It is like being in a small town that feels more like a medium size city.

There are so many restaurants to choose from in Palatine with many different cuisines and atmospheres. I truly enjoyed sitting and enjoying the small town feel in the local café while enjoying the scenery. There are plenty of resale shops, which I thoroughly enjoyed browsing. There are some quaint bookstores and shops that are also fun to browse. The people of Palatine were very friendly and helpful and guided me from one thing to the next. There was such a diversity of things to do and see and I felt "at home" and never like a curious tourist. It would be a great place for a girl's weekend out, I felt safe and intrigued by the city, I will definitely return to Palatine.
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Source: The Palatine, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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