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A+ Wilmette Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
F Wilmette Cost of Living Cost of living is 68% higher than Illinois
16666% more expensive than the US average
991% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Wilmette cost of living
A+ Wilmette Crime Total crime is 47% lower than Illinois
Total crime
1,29653% lower than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 7853% lower than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-6%Year over year crime is down
Wilmette crime
A+ Wilmette Employment Household income is 134% higher than Illinois
Median household income
$138,651151% higher than the US average
Income per capita
$73,832148% higher than the US average
Unemployment rate
2%48% lower than the US average
Wilmette employment
F Wilmette Housing Home value is 264% higher than Illinois
Median home value
$636,900245% higher than the US average
Median rent price
$1,71381% higher than the US average
Home ownership
87%36% higher than the US average
Wilmette real estate or Wilmette rentals
A+ Wilmette Schools HS graduation rate is 15% higher than Illinois
High school grad. rates
97%17% higher than the US average
School test scores
71%44% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:118% lower than the US average
Wilmette K-12 schools

Living in Wilmette, IL

Wilmette, Illinois is a moderately-sized city with a population of 27,367 residents. Wilmette has a population density of 5,065 people per square mile. This would be considered well above the national population density level. At 83%, the majority of the Wilmette population is White; this is followed by 13% Asian and 1% Black. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Wilmette might be a good fit as 89% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 49% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Without the right tools, moving to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Wilmette, Illinois could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. With useful information like amenities, crime, education, employment, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Wilmette and in the areas around Wilmette is a much easier task.

Using data and statistics Wilmette has received a livability score of 75/100. This score is ranked in the 82nd percentile when compared to all other cities. Compared to the US average, Wilmette ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! If we dig a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Wilmette has higher than average grades for the following: amenities (A+), crime (A+), education (A+) and employment (A+). There are some categories that Wilmette scores poorly for, including: cost of living (F), weather (D-) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to find out why.

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Wilmette 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.

Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Wilmette gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 15 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

School test scores can be an important metric in deciding if the local area schools can provide a solid educational system for children. The schools in Wilmette have a test score average of 71%, which is well above the US average.

Assuming that Wilmette meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Wilmette. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Wilmette are simply unattainable. The median home price for Wilmette homes is $636,900, which is 264.4% higher than the Illinois average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Wilmette, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 4.6, which is 53.3% higher than the Illinois average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Wilmette area were -1.9% and 5 year appreciation rates were 3.9%.

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Compare Wilmette, IL Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Wilmette, IL

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Edison Park, Chicago776.611,128
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Norwood Park, Chicago717.537,477
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Jefferson Park, Chicago716.926,594
North Center, Chicago699.334,931
North Park, Chicago696.418,562
Dunning, Chicago689.843,244

Best Cities Near Wilmette, IL

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Indian Head Park, IL86233,823
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Algonquin, IL8130.730,413
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Chesterton, IN8147.913,912
Lake in the Hills, IL8130.928,908
Pleasant Prairie, WI8134.520,395
Grandwood Park, IL8125.45,471
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Treat Thy Neighbor As Thyself

There’s no many things biblical about Wilmette, but it fits. Everyone who lives here has a sense of compassion for their neighbor. Throughout the day, you’ll find many of them out and about, which I found unusually at first when I first moved here. As a suburb, I also found the downtown to be a strange addition. Not many small have a downtown area, which I like.

Commutes into the city are a drag, but there’s also public transit so driving really isn’t the only way to get into the city. Schools here are high on standards, though I feel for average student this may pose a bit of discouragement when getting them to do better and what not.

All that aside, the community is very active. In times of crisis everyone is generally quick to pitch in. There are a number of charitable and civic organizations sprinkled throughout, which a wonder reflections of the towns overall spirit.
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Source: The Wilmette, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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