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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. 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
5,238,541

Real Estate

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

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
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
    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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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.
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There are some improve happening in the neighborhoods, I would like to see more. The improvements seem to take place in the richer neighborhoods.

The school has closed down in many neighborhoods so that overcrowding is abundant. Constant bullying is taking place in school as a result of overcrowding.

The summertime gives us The Taste of Chicago and fireworks at Navy Pier. There are also many other family friendly event. One event is the movies in the park . I know also the museums have special offers for admission.

In some neighborhoods safety is an issue because people get robbed or shot or car jacked. You have to be vigilant in those areas.
Cook County is a good place to live for families or people looking to start a family. There are always activities and things to get involved in around the different towns, especially if you look at local libraries and non for profits. I have never felt unsafe living in Cook County, although I can't speak for the whole area. However, I also don't see too many crime reports popping up about this area, so there is that. Overall, a nice place to be with some nice schools, and not too many bars and clubs.