A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    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
    A
  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

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    Chicago is a beautiful place, with a gorgeous Skyline and a thriving culture. The neighborhoods are full of life, color, and most importantly an authenticity that is not easily found in most major cities. It is safer than most would assume though depending on the neighborhood you do have to be mindful of you surroundings. There are endless opportunities in Chicago because of the sense of community that allows for networking opportunities that quit often turn into life long friendships and even business partnerships. The food industry in Chicago is thriving in areas like Pilsen, The West Loop, Humble and Wicker park it is an undeniable attraction for most visitors.
    I love the city I live in and I hope when you visit you will as well!
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    Chicago is a great city. It has awesomely delicious food. The sites, not only in downtown with the beautiful skyline, but outside the loop there are plenty of green space to take a run or walk. My favorite is Northerly Island a short bus ride out of the loop, right next to the planetarium and the aquarium. There's a stretch of beach that is great for families to have a nice picnic; the beach is clean so that swimming is an option. Go to the green area behind the planetarium to watch the fireworks show from Navy Pier across the lake. In the summer there are international music festivals all over the city, it's all free! During the winter time ice skating in Millennium Park, with the skyline surrounding you is a beautiful, serendipitous activity. Chicago is a unique metropolitan, it is a great city, with the homey feel of a small town once you get to know the people. Chicago gets 5 stars, for its sites, its food and especially its people!
    I love this city! I was drawn to Chicago because of its diversity. I attend classes with peers who come from a variety of backgrounds- many very different from my own. I appreciate hearing and learning from their perspectives. Furthermore, Chicago attracts artists from all over there world. Living downtown, I have access to a multitude of performance venues, in addition to museums and exhibits. As a college student pursuing a dance degree, these aspects have enriched my learning experience and inspired my creative practice.