Poplar Grove 65 Good
Poplar Grove Livability #579 ranked city in Illinois#11,791 ranked city in the USARanks better than 59% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Poplar Grove

  • Cost Of Living

    Taking into account the cost of goods and services like housing, groceries, transportation and utilities, the overall cost of living in this area is well below average.

  • Crime

    Crime per 100,000 people is significantly lower than the national average, making it a safe place to live. These crime statistics include both violent and property crimes.

  • Housing

    High scores in the housing category are a distinguishing feature of this area, possibly driven by a favorable home affordability ratio, higher home values and appreciation rates.

  • Ratings

    Based on recent surveys and polls, locals gave high marks in the walkability to local amenities, safety, public transit, friendliness of neighbors and overall sense of community in the area.

  • Amenities

    The majority of amenities are not ideally located within walking distance. To access these amenities, residents may be required to rely on a vehicle or public transit.

  • Commute

    A low commute score could be due to longer-than-average work commutes and the limited availability of public transportation in this area.

  • Health & Safety

    The low score in this category could be due to challenges related to air quality and the limited accessibility of health-related facilities like hospitals, nursing homes, doctors and pharmacies.

  • Schools

    The low schools score could result from issues like below-average graduation rates, inadequate reading and math scores, and the unavailability of local elementary and high schools.

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What's it like Living in Poplar Grove?

Poplar Grove, Illinois is a smaller city with a population of 4,497 inhabitants. The majority of Poplar Grove residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and American Indian and Alaskan. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 72% of the population considered married and 57% with kids under the age of 18, Poplar Grove could be considered a very suitable city for families. When traveling to work, spending unnecessary time in your vehicle is not ideal and downright frustrating. Across all of America, the average one way commute time is 26 minutes, unfortunately, living in Poplar Grove offers up a higher than average one way commute time of 31 minutes.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Poplar Grove could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Illinois if you know where to look. 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 Poplar Grove and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, commute, health & safety, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Illinois and national averages.

The livability score in Poplar Grove is 63/100 and the city is ranked in the 55th percentile of all cities across America. There are nine total categories that generate the livability score. Poplar Grove ranks well for crime (B+), cost of living (B+), employment (B) and housing (A) Poplar Grove does not fare well for the following: amenities (F) and education (D-). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

For home buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they will ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Poplar Grove 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. A thriving real estate market can also generate strong local economic activity and job creation.

Assuming that Poplar Grove 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 Poplar Grove. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Poplar Grove are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Poplar Grove come in at $175,000, which is 0.1% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Poplar Grove, the home price to income ratio is 2.3, which is 23.3% lower than the Illinois average.

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      Poplar Grove transportation information

      Statistic Poplar Grove Illinois National
      Average one way commute31min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work82.2%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool7.9%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.7%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.9%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.0%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home6.4%4.4%4.6%
      Source: The Poplar Grove, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).