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%

Chicago Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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%
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Chicago is a beautiful place. The diversity of Chicago is what makes it different than any other city. The different cultures, religions, languages, and sexuality are all openly accepted . The bad part about Chicago is the killing. Killings that vary from babies to the older adults. Its just sad! This horrific activity has driven everyone out of Chicago because of the fear of death. Although the challenges that Chicago face right now, I believe that there is still hope. The felony programs, shelters, churches, the many job opportunities, schools, loan forgiveness programs,new homes etc. gives me hope that Chicago can change.
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Chicago is a great city with unlimited potential. As with any major city, your experience is in your hands. There are so many things to do, you just need to take advantage. You can go for a run on the 606 elevated pedway, bike along the lake front, or enjoy the city's night life. Chicago has everything a young urban professional could hope for. Common sense and awareness are required. But if you don't put yourself in questionable situations, Chicago is very safe. Avoid certain neighborhoods late at night and be aware of everyone around you when you are in crowded areas. And it is gorgeous!
I love Chicago, it is a wonderful experience for any city-lover. I love the wide variety and availability of great food, festivals, concerts, community events, and beautiful architectural landscapes. I particularly love how bike-friendly the city is, and anyone else who loves bikes should make it a point to ride the Lakefront Trail! It's an 18 mile ride down the shore of Lake Michigan from the top to the bottom of the city.

What I would change in Chicago would be the looming fear of violence in certain areas, along with the outlets for the homeless population. But this is a change that requires everyone to take action!