Wonder Lake 66 Good
Wonder Lake Livability #508 ranked city in Illinois#10,590 ranked city in the USARanks better than 63% of areas

Pros and Cons of Living in Wonder Lake

  • Cost Of Living

    Everyday cost of living expenses like goods and services, housing, groceries, transportation, health care and utilities are far below the national average.

  • Crime

    This area boasts a crime rate that is far below the national average, making it a very safe place to live. These crime statistics encompass both property and violent offenses.

  • Employment

    With higher than average median household income, income per capita and lower unemployment rates, this area scores extremely well in the employment category.

  • Housing

    Impressive scores in the housing category characterize this area, potentially attributed to the availability of affordable housing, strong appreciation rates and high home values.

  • Amenities

    The majority of amenities will be difficult to reach within a short walk, often requiring residents to use a vehicle or public transportation for access.

  • Commute

    Low commute scores could be due to limited access to public transit in this area, as well as longer-than-average work commute times for residents.

  • Health & Safety

    Subpar air quality and the limited availability of certain health-related facilities such as hospitals, police stations, doctors and pharmacies may have contributed to the low score in this category.

  • Schools

    The low schools score might be a result of factors like lower than average education levels, lackluster reading and math scores and the inaccessibility of local elementary and high schools.

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What's it like Living in Wonder Lake?

Wonder Lake is a smaller city located in the state of Illinois. The city has a population of 3,955 inhabitants. If we look at the most recent Census, Wonder Lake is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Asian and Black. When traveling to work, spending unnecessary time in your vehicle is not ideal and downright frustrating. Across all of America, the average one way commute time is 26 minutes, unfortunately, living in Wonder Lake offers up a higher than average one way commute time of 38 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Wonder Lake could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Illinois if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like cost of living, health & safety, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Wonder Lake and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Wonder Lake to Illinois and the national average.

Wonder Lake has a livability score of 64/100 and is ranked #571 in Illinois and #12,238 in the USA. If we examine each of the categories individually, we see that Wonder Lake ranks well for crime (A), cost of living (B-), employment (A+) and housing (A+). Wonder Lake does not do well for the following: amenities (F) and education (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

For home buyers, real estate will be the largest purchase they will ever make and it will also be their most valuable asset. For renters, the monthly rent paid on their Wonder Lake apartments will most likely be their largest expense. Based on tangible metrics like home and rental affordability and appreciation rates, housing in this area has received a score that is well above the average of every other US city. A thriving real estate market can also generate strong local economic activity and job creation.

Assuming that Wonder Lake meets all of your requirements like low crime rates, good schools and great local amenities, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Wonder Lake. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Wonder Lake are simply unattainable. Median real estate prices in Wonder Lake come in at $186,900, which is 6.9% higher than the Illinois average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Wonder Lake, the home price to income ratio is 2.2, which is 26.7% lower than the Illinois average.

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      Wonder Lake transportation information

      Statistic Wonder Lake Illinois National
      Average one way commute38min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work90.4%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool2.9%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.2%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.0%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home3.4%4.4%4.6%
      Source: The Wonder Lake, IL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).