West Chicago 75 Excellent
West Chicago Livability #282 ranked city in Illinois#7,478 ranked city in the USARanks better than 74% of areas
A+ West Chicago Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
D- West Chicago Cost of Living Cost of living is 11% higher than Illinois
West Chicago
1077% more expensive than the US average
973% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
West Chicago cost of living
A+ West Chicago Crime Total crime is 52% lower than Illinois
Total crime
95159% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 10659% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
West Chicago crime
C- West Chicago Employment Household income is 21% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$71,52029% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$26,10212% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%1% higher than the US average
West Chicago employment
C West Chicago Housing Home value is 37% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$239,10029% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,04210% higher than the US average
Home ownership
66%4% higher than the US average
West Chicago real estate or West Chicago rentals
F West Chicago Schools HS graduation rate is 19% lower than Illinois
High school grad. rates
68%18% lower than the US average
School test scores
28%41% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
18:110% higher than the US average
West Chicago K-12 schools
A West Chicago User Ratings There are a total of 4 ratings in West Chicago
Overall user rating
80% 4 total ratings
User reviews rating
80% 1 total reviews
User surveys rating
81% 3 total surveys
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      Living in West Chicago, IL

      Located in the state of Illinois, West Chicago is a moderately-sized city with a population of 27,420 residents. At 81%, the majority of the West Chicago population is White; this is followed by 7% Asian and 2% Black. Additionally, more than a quarter of the population of West Chicago are of Hispanic or Latino origin, and 46% of the population also speak Spanish. West Chicago tends to attract a younger crowd, as the median age of 33 is far below the national average. West Chicago has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 83% of the population is classified as married and 41% have kids.

      Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in West Chicago could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Illinois if you know where to search. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, cost of living, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in West Chicago and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare West Chicago to Illinois and the national average.

      With a livability score of 69/100, West Chicago is ranked #12,425 in the United States and #354 in Illinois. If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that West Chicago has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+) and crime (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in West Chicago. The following was graded with a discouraging score: cost of living (D), weather (D-) and education (F).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in West Chicago, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

      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. West Chicago has a violent crime rate of 103 crimes per 100,000 residents which is far lower than the national average.

      West Chicago real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in West Chicago. The median home price for West Chicago homes is $239,100, which is 36.8% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in West Chicago, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 10% higher than the Illinois average. Real estate appreciation rates in West Chicago are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for West Chicago homes comes in at 2.5%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 6.1%.

      West Chicago transportation information

      StatisticWest ChicagoIllinoisNational
      Average one way commute24min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work73.0%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool18.0%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit2.1%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.8%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home2.7%4.4%4.6%

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