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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Housing
    C-
  3. Nightlife
    A+
  4. Good for Families
    A
  5. Diversity
    A+
  6. Jobs
    B-
  7. Weather
    C
  8. Cost of Living
    C
  9. Health & Fitness
    A+
  10. Outdoor Activities
    A
  11. Commute
    B-
Cook County is located in Illinois with a population of 5,223,719. Cook County is one of the best places to live in Illinois. In Cook County, 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
5,223,719

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$237,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,091
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    43%
  • Own
    57%
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Crime & Safety

Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    364.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    15
    6.1
  • Rape
    46.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    286.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    379.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,950.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    297.1
    284

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
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Cook County

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$62,088
National
$55,322

Cook County Reviews

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We have lived in Cook County for close to 15 years now. It is diverse, active and beautiful! We have raised our three boys here and we are very happy with the public schools that they attend. Our town is full of middle class families that are a very diverse mixture of nationalities. It's a great place to raise a family in the state of Illinois! We love it here!
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One of the best things about Cook County, would be the activities. Almost every weekend in any of the town's within the county there is always something to do. Turkey Trots, Farmers Markets, and Concert on the Green music nights. Cook County is sure to provide family friendly activities along with many activities targeted towards adults such as Irish Fest. There's not much that I would change, because compared to other areas I've heard of Coom County is doing great. However if I had to change something, it would be the schools. Overall they are doing very well, especially when looking at test scores. However most of them are getting on the smaller side, if one looks at the increasing population in the town's, which will be an even bigger issue considering many of them such as Mt. Prospect are installing appartments with the goal of attracting young people in mind.
I’ve only lived on Cook County, we are known to be one of the most populated county. There are so many things to do, we have lots of restaurants, coffee shops, libraries, and parks and so much more. One of things I love about cook county is that it is very diverse in cultures. One thing Cook County could work on is being more diverse in neighborhoods. Cook County is known to be very segregated.