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Buffalo Grove is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 41,554. Buffalo Grove is in Lake County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Buffalo Grove offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Buffalo Grove there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Buffalo Grove and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Buffalo Grove are highly rated.
About Buffalo Grove...
Population
41,554

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$299,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,399
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    21%
  • Own
    79%
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Buffalo Grove Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    17
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    10
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    63
    500
  • Theft
    400
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    39
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$101,376
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    27%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%
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As a teenager growing up in Buffalo Grove, the majority of my plans with friends involve eating out with friends at one of the numerous restaurants around the area. There are so many amazing options for food in and around Buffalo Grove that include cuisine from almost anything you could think of. In the summer, I bike ride constantly around the area, and I never feel worried about my safety in Buffalo Grove. In order to explore some activities beyond food and dessert, you may need to venture into nearby suburbs. However, you don't need to travel far to experience pedal boating at Independence Grove, indoor skydiving and outlet malls at Rosemont, and other awesome options to do with friends or family. I've been lucky to attend Stevenson High School, which has given me the ability to meet so many people in a diverse atmosphere. Through my AP classes and the rigor of the school, I know I will be prepare to take on college and beyond. Happy to grow up here!
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Buffalo Grove is a fantastic town, particularly if you're looking for good schools and safe neighborhoods. Everything you could want is nearby, especially with Chicago being just an hour drive away. BGHS and its feeder schools are excellent with great teachers and programming. There are a variety of housing options plus many nearby greenspaces and parks within neighborhoods. It's a great town for raising kids or just living a nice suburban life.
Buffalo Grove is the epitome of a posh suburban neighborhood filled with incredible education opportunities for all grades. Inhabited by both younger parents striving to find the perfect fit for their child's education and older couples living in comfortable communities after retirement, this town establishes a sense of affinity and friendliness for all and welcomes people with diverse backgrounds.