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%.
|Average one way commute||24min||29min||26min|
|Workers who drive to work||73.0%||73.4%||76.4%|
|Workers who carpool||18.0%||8.3%||9.3%|
|Workers who take public transit||2.1%||9.2%||5.1%|
|Workers who bicycle||0.3%||0.6%||0.6%|
|Workers who walk||2.8%||3.1%||2.8%|
|Working from home||2.7%||4.4%||4.6%|