Palatine 81 Exceptional
Palatine Livability #78 ranked city in Illinois#3,285 ranked city in the USARanks better than 88% of areas
A+ Palatine Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Palatine Cost of Living Cost of living is 18% higher than Illinois
11616% more expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Palatine cost of living
A+ Palatine Crime Total crime is 77% lower than Illinois
Total crime
51579% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 19579% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-8%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
A- Palatine User Ratings There are a total of 9 ratings in Palatine
Overall user rating
79% 9 total ratings
User reviews rating
75% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
81% 7 total surveys
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      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%.

      Palatine transportation information

      Average one way commute28min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work78.0%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.7%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit4.6%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.2%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.1%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home4.9%4.4%4.6%

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