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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Brookfield is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 18,858. Brookfield is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Brookfield offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Brookfield there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Brookfield and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Brookfield are highly rated.
About Brookfield...
Population
18,858

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$239,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,055
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    21%
  • Own
    79%
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Brookfield Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    16
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    26.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    21.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    181.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,004.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    32.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    17%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    27%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Brookfield

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$81,192
National
$55,322
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26 years of bliss living in this wooded area surrounded and spattered with trails and river side boat or kayak launches, parks, farmers markets and so much more. A stones throw to Chicago Loop and farmland due west. Spectacular Zoo, festivities , parades and people. Sad to leave but must. Hope someone special takes over my Rockefeller home that has been like a vacation home and life, inside with plaster cacooned walls and a breezy tree swingason outside......bye bye Hollywood.....the heart of Chicago to me💚
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Brookfield was a great town to grow up in! It is only nine miles away from downtown Chicago and very close to the two many highways that go in and out of the city. It is surrounded by other cute suburbs that have many food attractions.
There are many things to enjoy about Brookfield, Il. One is that it is a friendly town thats not too small. You are allowed a degree of privacy while still seeing many people you know around town. There is also a good "downtown" area. Brookfield has a downtown area that is not shared by any other villages. The downtown area attracts all demographics between the classy breweries and the ice-cream shops. The schools are well funded and provide a great education. We are also just a few train stops away from larger downtown areas like Lagrange Illinois and about half an hour train ride to Chicago's train station. This makes Brookfield a great location as the train runs through the neighborhood. We also have the Brookfield Zoo right in our back yard. We also have many forrest preserves and the DesPlaines river quite close which allows for good bike rides and kayaking trips. All in all, it's a nice town bustling with life that maintains its small town coziness.