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A+ South Elgin Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D+ South Elgin Cost of Living Cost of living is 5% higher than Illinois
South Elgin
1033% more expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
South Elgin cost of living
A+ South Elgin Crime Total crime is 61% lower than Illinois
Total crime
95165% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 10665% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-25%Year over year crime is down
South Elgin crime
C+ South Elgin Employment Household income is 48% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$87,73859% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$34,18415% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%5% lower than the US average
South Elgin employment
A South Elgin Housing Home value is 14% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$200,1008% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,25632% higher than the US average
Home ownership
83%31% higher than the US average
South Elgin real estate or South Elgin rentals
D South Elgin Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
86%4% higher than the US average
School test scores
43%12% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
25:154% higher than the US average
South Elgin K-12 schools

Living in South Elgin, IL

South Elgin is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 22,274 inhabitants. South Elgin has a population density of 3,174 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. The majority of South Elgin residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Asian and Black. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 79% of the population considered married and 43% with kids under the age of 18, South Elgin could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Living in South Elgin can be a positive experience for anyone relocating to the city. Having said that, in the state of Illinois, there are many desirable places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, cost of living, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in South Elgin and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare South Elgin to Illinois and the national average.

With a livability score of 80/100, South Elgin is ranked #1,960 in the United States and #16 in Illinois. Compared to the United States average, South Elgin ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! This city is also ranked in the top 10 percentile of all cities across the USA. For each of the livability categories, we see that South Elgin ranks very well for amenities (A+), crime (A+) and housing (A). On a more negative note, South Elgin does not have favorable ranks for the following: weather (D-) and education (D). If we take a look at the data, we can find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy South Elgin on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops.

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. South Elgin has a violent crime rate of 133 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

For buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their South Elgin 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.

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 South Elgin is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in South Elgin come in at $200,100, which is 14.5% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In South Elgin, the home price to income ratio is 2.3, which is 23.3% lower than the Illinois average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in South Elgin were 1.6%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 7%.

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Compare South Elgin, IL Livability To Other Cities

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South Elgin is located just south of Elgin, Illinois and is a far west suburb of Chicago. The city is known for being excellent for families by having a great public school system and having well-policed and safe neighborhoods. South Elgin has a community feeling, being that more rural towns are nearby since South Elgin is located between city and country. It is one of the best areas in the Chicago region to buy a home because although house prices can be reasonable to high, the property taxes are significantly lower than what you'd find in places like Cook County.

The shopping and nightlife in South Elgin is good, and the dining options are plentiful. South Elgin is a very culturally diverse community with many chances to have new exposures to different cultures. South Elgin is among Chicago's upper middle-class suburbs (as is Elgin to the north) and is proud of that status.

Overall, South Elgin is of course an excellent place to raise a family and a great choice for anyone looking for a safe community located between the city and country.
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Source: The South Elgin, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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