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B
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A-
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B-
Union County is located in Illinois with a population of 17,267. In Union County, most residents own their homes. Many families, young professionals, and retirees live in Union County and residents tend to be conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$98,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$517
National
$949
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    20%
  • Own
    80%
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Union County 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
    225.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    42.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    338
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,661.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    56.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Union County

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$46,716
National
$55,322

Places to Work in Union County

Union County Reviews

3 reviews
Many major employers have left the area. The largest employer, the university, has suffered major budget cuts, resulting in hiring freezes and layoffs. Economic difficulties in Illinois are hindering the survival of small businesses. Schools and some hospitals are cutting staff to save money. The reduction in these sources of employment have led, in my opinion, to a poor job outlook for this area.
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Local communities have popular mom-and-pop shops that offer unique dining or shopping. Wineries, an excellent coffee shop and a Western wear shop are among the offerings. Local artist exhibit and sell their amazing work in small shops as well.
It is a rural area so there is little obvious crime. There has been an increase in burglary in the area. Drug crime (methamphetamine manufacturing and marijuana "farming") has also become more evident.