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A+ Springfield Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Springfield Cost of Living Cost of living is 8% lower than Illinois
919% less expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Springfield cost of living
F Springfield Crime Total crime is 137% higher than Illinois
Total crime
5,810111% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 18111% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
3%Year over year crime is up
Springfield crime
D+ Springfield Employment Household income is 15% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$50,1919% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$30,8463% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
6%19% higher than the US average
Springfield employment
C+ Springfield Housing Home value is 29% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$123,70033% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$74222% lower than the US average
Home ownership
62%2% lower than the US average
Springfield real estate or Springfield rentals
F Springfield Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
87%5% higher than the US average
School test scores
26%47% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
16:13% lower than the US average
Springfield K-12 schools or Springfield colleges

Living in Springfield, IL

Located in the state of Illinois, Springfield is a mid-sized city with a population of 116,745 inhabitants. At 74%, the majority of the Springfield population is White; this is followed by 20% Black and 2% Asian. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Springfield is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 17 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

Without the right tools, moving to any new city can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Springfield, Illinois could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. To help you find the best places to live in and around Springfield, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like crime, cost of living, weather, housing and more.

Springfield has a livability score of 63 out of 100 and is ranked #775 in Illinois and #20,237 in the USA. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Springfield ranks well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (B-). Springfield does not rank well for the following: crime (F) and education (F). It might be a smart idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Springfield 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. Some of the notable things to do include: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and Oak Ridge Cemetery.

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 Springfield is real estate affordability. Median real estate prices in Springfield come in at $123,700, which is 29.2% lower than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Springfield, the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 16.7% lower than the Illinois average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Springfield area were 4% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 0%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

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Springfield, IL. Very Boring for Young Adults

I have lived in and around Springfield, Illinois for 20 years now. There is nothing to do if you are a young adult. We have a very small, boring mall, a few other chain stores, some restaurants, and other than that bowling and movie theaters.
Down town is okay but it is mostly bars.
It is extremely boring and uneventful.

Crime is pretty bad, especially once you get away from the white oaks mall or the "richer" parts of town. Everything is run down.

There are not very many apartment complexes for those who are renting. The few that are on the market are there for a reason. They are way over priced or in a very bad neighborhood.
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Springfield, Illinois - The Land of Lincoln

Having lived in Illinois all my life, Springfield, Illinois is a place I know very well. On numerous occasions, I have had the opportunity to visit the city. Since Springfield is the state capitol of Illinois, it offers many things to see and do. Several of the attractions in Springfield are historical landmarks.

Anyone who is traveling to Springfield should make it a point to visit the capitol building and the Governor's Mansion. Both of these sites offer free admission. Springfield is famous for its many museums as well as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. Of course, no trip to Springfield is complete without touring the Lincoln Home, which is a national historic site.

When I go to Springfield, I enjoy shopping at White Oaks Mall. It is the largest mall in the area and houses over one hundred different retail stores. There are also many smaller malls and shopping centers in and around Springfield.

Springfield has a wide choice of nice hotels and convention centers. There are some great restaurants and a lively selection of pubs, bars and clubs from which to choose. I highly recommend the Brickhouse Grill and Pub as the best of both.
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Source: The Springfield, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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