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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Cook County is located in Illinois with a population of 5,238,541. Cook County is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Cook County offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Cook County there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Cook County and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Cook County are above average.
Population
5,238,541

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$227,400
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,044
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Cook County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    365
    283
  • Murder
    15
    6
  • Rape
    47
    41
  • Robbery
    286
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    380
    500
  • Theft
    1,951
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    297
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

Working in Cook County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$59,426
National
$55,322

Cook County Reviews

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I've lived in Cook County for 18 years and I've never lived anywhere else. I would want a change in my life because I've never experienced a new community. Being exposed to an area with diversity allows an individual to learn more, expand his/her knowledge, have a more open-mind and form new experiences. The community in which I live in is mostly all hispanics and I find comfort because I've known most of these people my whole life. I've never been exposed to a place where I had to be independent in terms of my social life. I want to have that experience to learn more and adapt easily for my future job.
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As someone who has lived in cook county all my life, I do not have much else to compare it too. Overall, I think Cook county is a comfortable place to live. There are so many things to do if you look. There are so many ethnic and exotic places to eat in the downtown area, dozens of theaters showing independent and popular movies. Countless high regarded universities and colleges. However, despite all the good things in this area, violence is becoming a bigger problem. The crimes used to be contained in one area, but now more burglars are popping up. Why this is occuring I’m not sure, but I still love Cook County nonetheless. The only way to stop the violence is speak up, not run away from it.
Cook County has been my home my whole life. I have always lived here and have never heard of such a crazy story. It is relatively expensive to live here now. There are shootings here and there, but it is also relatively safe. The police cabs are always seen around town taking care of as much as they can. There are many parks here, where you can take children to play. The heart of Chicago is found here. There are many good schools around as well, and I believe it is a great Chicago hub. You can travel anywhere around Chicago from the town of cook county.