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A+ Skokie Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Skokie Cost of Living Cost of living is 22% higher than Illinois
12121% more expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Skokie cost of living
C+ Skokie Crime Total crime is 10% higher than Illinois
Total crime
2,6982% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 382% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
18%Year over year crime is up
Skokie crime
C Skokie Employment Household income is 15% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$68,01523% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$33,31512% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%10% lower than the US average
Skokie employment
D+ Skokie Housing Home value is 61% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$282,30053% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,16022% higher than the US average
Home ownership
72%14% higher than the US average
Skokie real estate or Skokie rentals
D- Skokie Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
42%16% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:19% lower than the US average
Skokie K-12 schools or Skokie colleges

Living in Skokie, IL

Skokie is a mid-sized city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 64,873 inhabitants. With a population density of 6,446 people per square mile, Skokie is well above the nation's average density level. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Skokie might be a good fit as 75% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 60% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Whether you’re moving to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Skokie could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Illinois if you know where to search. Finding the best places to live in Skokie and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes crime, weather, education and other important metrics.

Skokie has a livability score of 68 out of 100 and is ranked #406 in Illinois and #13,259 in the USA. If we check out each of the categories on their own, we see that Skokie ranks well for amenities (A+) and crime (B-). There are some categories that Skokie does not rank well for, including: cost of living (F), weather (D-) and education (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 Skokie, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the notable things to do include: Illinois Holocaust Museum, Scuba Systems, and Schaefer's Wines and Liquors.

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 Skokie is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Skokie come in at $282,300, which is 61.5% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Skokie, the home price to income ratio is 4.2, which is 40% 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 Skokie will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Skokie, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 5.1%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7.7%.

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Compare Skokie, IL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Skokie, IL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Edison Park, Chicago774.311,128
O'hare, Chicago747.512,706
Forest Glen, Chicago743.218,298
Norwood Park, Chicago714.937,477
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Jefferson Park, Chicago71426,594
North Center, Chicago696.834,931
North Park, Chicago693.618,562
Dunning, Chicago68743,244

Best Cities Near Skokie, IL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Indian Head Park, IL8620.23,823
Clarendon Hills, IL8119.98,641
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Algonquin, IL8130.830,413
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Chesterton, IN8146.413,912
Lake in the Hills, IL8131.128,908
Pleasant Prairie, WI8137.120,395
Grandwood Park, IL8127.65,471
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Many go out places but also many troubles

I honestly don't recommend this town for living from my experience. Every day during my 10 to 25minutes drive I see at least one dead animal (usually two or three) killed by car accident on the road(15-30miles). Cars run fast in streets and parking lots. Many times they don't stop or slow down for pedestrians. I saw a group of people in a car throwing bottles of alcohol out of the car, happened on Touhy road passing Villiage crossing. The car ran fast into our villiage (many apratments gathered). Yesterday I saw a car not stopping and hitting two raccoons then running over one of the raccoons that just got hit. Other cars in the back slowed down and I hope someone moved and called 911 because the raccoons were hurt but still alive. The car drove a while and stopped. It seemed like the person just wanted to check his car... but not the raccoons. Yesturday I finally figured how Icould see so many dead animals on the road, some people in town never slow down.The street in front of my apartment is one way with cars parked in both sides. One night, there was a car standing half part sticking out to the road. I waited for a while because the guy inside turned his face and looked at me. So I asked him, "Could you move your car a little bit sir?" He stared at me, told me to just go through and shortly he started yelling. I told him that I was sorry but I wasn't good at driving so if he could help me a little bit. Now he started swearing and his party came out from the apartment and joined. She stood in front my car and sweared and yelled. I was scared so I tried slowly and passed, I made it and it worked, but you know what I mean... You don't park your car like that eapecially when you park on one way street. Also you don't swear at the person who asks you nicely to move the car into the right spot. While I was passing, the lady bent her back and put her head right next to my face (the window was opened) and yelled directly at my ear. I couldn't call the police at the moment because I was afraid of what they would do when they see me trying to call the police.I got into a car accident 4 months ago, it was a brand new car that only had been two weeks. We atopped at a red signal light. After around 10 seconds a car ran into our back. We pulled our car to the side, our bumper was totally crashed. The ladies came out of the car giggling and chatting each other then asked us "Are you okay?(still laughing)" We called the cops and were waiting together. Instead of saying sorry they said "Did you call the cops? (We did in front of her) I don't have much time." To a person who was hurt because of her, I was holding my back and sitting down because I hurt my back.She didn't seem like she understood what she just did to someone. The police came and asked questions to us and joined them immmediately chatting and laughing. He also made a mistake on the report writing as we hit their car. It did look like he wasn't concentrating on his work though.Honestly speaking, we have many troublesome neighbors. Those stories are just few ones that happened not long ago so I remember. My family and my neighbors have bigger and smaller issues they've experienced in this town. I gave two stars because there are big malls around. However I would rather recommend you driving down and visit to hang out but not to live here. I really regret moving to this town. Of course there are good neighbors as well. Every towns have good and bad neighbors, but you will see more troubles and issues compare to other towns and town and it's been getting worse.
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Old Skokie, IL

My friend told me about a trip she took to Skokie, Illinois and I have to admit at first I laughed. I asked her how she could have any fun in a place called Skokie but when she started to explain the trip she took I decided that I would go there on vacation as well. So last year (2009) in July I decided to visit.

I went to the Westfield Old Orchard which is a mall that proved to be a lot of fun. I watched a movie and went shopping and also grabbed some dinner right there in the mall. I saw college students studying and kids playing it was great fun. I stayed at a local bed and breakfast and saw a show at the Northlight Theatre.

Skokie has a slow paced small city feeling which is an amazing place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The wonderful thing about Skokie is that many movies have been filmed there. Risky Business, Sixteen Candles and Weird Science, to name a few. Visiting the city was a great way to delve into history and experience some of the history that Skokie has to offer.

The food was amazing. I found it very easy to get a great home cooked like meal all over town. I was very rested and relaxed when my vacation was over and I can not wait to go back.
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