St. Charles 87 Exceptional
St. Charles Livability #9 ranked city in Illinois#661 ranked city in the USARanks better than 97% of areas
A+ St. Charles Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F St. Charles Cost of Living Cost of living is 16% higher than Illinois
St. Charles
11313% more expensive than the US average
973% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
St. Charles cost of living
A+ St. Charles Crime Total crime is 62% lower than Illinois
Total crime
75868% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 13268% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
St. Charles crime
B+ St. Charles Employment Household income is 52% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$89,97163% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$45,86854% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%39% lower than the US average
St. Charles employment
C- St. Charles Housing Home value is 61% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$281,70053% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,10216% higher than the US average
Home ownership
71%12% higher than the US average
St. Charles real estate or St. Charles rentals
B St. Charles Schools HS graduation rate is 8% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
92%10% higher than the US average
School test scores
57%19% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:16% higher than the US average
St. Charles K-12 schools
A+ St. Charles User Ratings There are a total of 7 ratings in St. Charles
Overall user rating
87% 7 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
86% 6 total surveys
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      Living in St. Charles, IL

      St. Charles is a mid-sized city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 32,745 residents. At 88%, the majority of the St. Charles population is White; this is followed by 4% Asian and 2% Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, St. Charles might be a good fit as 84% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 56% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

      Are you trying to ascertain if living in St. Charles is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a fulfilling 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. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, weather, education, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in St. Charles and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare St. Charles to Illinois and the national average.

      The livability score in St. Charles is 78 out of 100 and the city is ranked in the 89th percentile of all cities across America. Based on this score, St. Charles would be considered a very livable city! Based on the grades for each individual category, St. Charles has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A+), crime (A+) and employment (B+). Unfortunately for St. Charles, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: cost of living (F) and weather (D-).

      Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., St. Charles has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Steel Beam Theater, Otter Cove Aquatic Park, and Fox Valley Repertory Theater.

      Low violent crime (murder, rape, robbery, assault) is a must for most people when searching for a new area to live. At 171 crimes per 100,000 residents, St. Charles has a violent crime rate that is far below the national average.

      There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in St. Charles is actually affordable. The median home price for St. Charles homes is $281,700, which is 61.2% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in St. Charles, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.1, which is 3.3% higher than the Illinois average.

      St. Charles transportation information

      StatisticSt. CharlesIllinoisNational
      Average one way commute30min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.3%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool6.0%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.9%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.7%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home6.4%4.4%4.6%

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