A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Real Estate
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$222,900
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$965
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      480
      273
    • Murder
      18
      6
    • Rape
      52
      41
    • Robbery
      354
      133
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      482
      525
    • Theft
      2,090
      2,081
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      375
      263

    Residents

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $48,522
    National
    $53,889
    Children
    19%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      14%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      21%
      19%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      24%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      23%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      18%
      13%

    Chicago Reviews

    472 reviews
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    Chicago is rich with diversity and fun activities that the whole family can enjoy year round. I am a Chicago native and mother of five who was raised frequenting the many park districts for barbecues, birthday parties, and just for play as a child and now with my children. I have visited our zoos and museums on many occasions throughout the course of my life. Also we have the best fast food and carryout restaurants in the country right here in Chicago, from Chinatown's Chinese restaurants, Greek town's gyros, Maxwell Street's polishes, right down to our many rivaling authentic pizzeria's we have the best food! All of our sport's teams have won championships! Chicago is my kind of town!
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    I love Chicago! There is so much beautiful architecture and it is all set on the banks of Lake Michigan. A walk down Michigan Avenue provides awesome shopping and dining, while a stroll through the theater district provides world class live entertainment. The nightlife is like no other. Another real attraction is the quality and abundance of the hotels there. You can stay somewhere traditional, like The Drake, or find a special spot high atop one of the hotels that overlooks the skyline. There is so much to do there it takes more than a few days to begin to see it all. For a special treat, go on St. Patrick's day and watch them dye the river green! The crime in Chicago is a little alarming...so I would like to see that reduced.
    It has been a dream of mine to live in Chicago since I was twelve years old. I remember it like it was yesterday, the first time I arrived in city limits, I was blown away by the beautiful Chicago skyline. The feeling was like any other, I was elated, motivated, inspired, and absolutely obsessed with the idea of living in this city. I am now twenty four and have been living out my dreams of living in the big city! Chicago is an inspiring and fast paced city, the authentic people and places shed light on new perspectives and innovation. There is opportunity waiting around every corner. There is always something to do, or be involved in. Everyone has such unique opinions and points of views, it becomes very easy to get lost in conversation with just about anyone. I love this city, and I am forever blessed I have had the opportunity to live here.