Key findings

  • Waukegan has a Livability Score of 66/100, which is considered average
  • Waukegan crime rates are 32% higher than the Illinois average
  • Cost of living in Waukegan is 1% higher than the Illinois average
  • Waukegan real estate prices are 32% lower than the Illinois average
  • Rental prices in Waukegan are 3% lower than the Illinois average

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      Waukegan is no good

      I moved here for a short while and regretted it. The city is run down, very dirty, roads are filled with pot holes and they never seem to get fixed. Property taxes are to high here i would never buy a home here. the taxes here doesn't seem to go to anything important such as fixing the roads or keeping the crime low. Crime ridden city and I do not feel safe any time I am in this city. I would not recommend that anybody tries to enjoy the night life here it is unsafe. I had a friend go to a club in waukegan and almost got robbed. There are nothing positive to do in this city if you want to have some fun you will not have it here. The school system is among the worst in the area I would never enroll my child in a school in here. No good places to eat. The traffic is horrible people drive unsafe. If you are looking at waukegan keep looking this place is trash.
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      Beware of Waukegan's Predator Style Traffic Enforcement via Video Cameras

      I recently went to Waukegan to play in a basketball tournament. Waukegan has an outstanding basketball facility (the Field House). However, I must say that my initial fond memories of Waukegan have dimmed considerably over the past few weeks as I and several other attendees of the tournament have begun to receive traffic violation notices via mail. These traffic violations were generated by an apparently ubiquitous traffic video camera system operated by the city. This predator style of traffic law enforcement for minor violations directed at visitors is so reminiscent of “speed traps” that were once common in small backward towns in the Southern United States. As such, I have a lingering bad memory of Waukegan and would not willingly return there in the future.
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      Waukegan, IL - A Lovely City on the Shore of Lake Michigan

      My family visited Waukegan in July 2008 for my brother's graduation from the Great Lakes Naval Station. We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott. The hotel was clean and comfortable and located in a nice part of the city. The staff was very friendly and helpful. My only complaint is that there was a misunderstanding about the hot breakfast. I thought it was included with the stay, but there was a charge of $8.95 per person. The mistake may have very well been on my end. Either way, I'd suggest walking over to the Denny's next door for a cheaper and equal quality meal.

      There are several things to do and attractions to see in the city of Waukegan. My husband and I strolled along Waukegan Harbor and watched the sailboats drifting by. I recommend the ice cream shop and the deli there in the harbor shops. It's hard to go wrong with ice cream! Even though I'm not a huge theme park person, we went to Six Flags Great America. There are more than enough rides to take up an entire day there. We had a great time celebrating my brother's graduation in Waukegan!
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      Source: The Waukegan, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).