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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  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
Carol Stream is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 39,989. Carol Stream is in DuPage County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Carol Stream offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Carol Stream there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many young professionals live in Carol Stream and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Carol Stream are highly rated.
About Carol Stream...
Population
39,989

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$241,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,230
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    33%
  • Own
    67%
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Carol Stream 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
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    40
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    17.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    25
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    119.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    839.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    67.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    12%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    28%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

Working in Carol Stream

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$79,909
National
$55,322
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I have been in Carol stream for 8 years, Glendale heights for 1 year, Bloomingdale 1 year, now again I am back in Carol Stream.
Carol stream is a very safe area, police is also driving around in the areas, police depart has very friendly staff, makes you comfortable to talk to them. Great neighborhood. Had to come to Carol Stream because of how good it is!
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Carol Stream is a small, close-knit town where it is easy to run into a neighbor or friend anywhere you go. There's an array of diverse restaurants and food, beautiful neighborhoods where children play outside, a prairie path winding through the city full of bikers and people walking there dogs. However, there is no established downtown, which may be considered a disadvantaged to some, though others may enjoy the widespread diversity and the lack of crowded streets. The neighborhoods are safe for families and children, the residents are friendly, and the establishments are mostly local. I've spent my whole life in Carol Stream, and although I am ready to finally get away and start again in a new town for college, I know that when I do, I will miss it very much.
I've lived in Carol Stream since I was about 2 years old and absolutely love it! My childhood was so much fun in this area. The street I live on is pretty diverse and safe. Neighbors are friendly and open. There is also a decent amount of job opportunities for everyone. One thing I believe could improve the area is adding more retail stores and restaurants. Other than that Carol Stream is a nice place to live :)