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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  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-
Chicago is a city in Illinois with a population of 2,718,555. Chicago is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Chicago offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Chicago there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Chicago and residents tend to be liberal.
About Chicago...
Population
2,718,555

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$246,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,077
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
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Chicago Rankings

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

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    563.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    20.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    66.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    356.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    429.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,379.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    372.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    20%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Chicago

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$55,198
National
$55,322
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If you are already acclimated to cold weather, Chicago can be a great city to experience. I definitely wasn't used to experiencing this type of cold, but it's still growing on me. There's a ton of diversity, a thriving queer community, endless shows to go to, museums, plays, and art. Chicago has something for everyone. Personally, I am a 50-year-old stuck in a 27-year-old's body and I enjoy going to 80s dance nights because I grew up listening to new wave, post-punk, and goth musicians. There's a tightknit community for that even! Chicago is a place where I can be open about being queer and not be shunned or attacked for it. It's not like this in every corner of Chicago but compared to other places I've lived after being openly queer, Chicago definitely takes the cake. There's also a lot of volunteer opportunities for helping underprivileged kids and adults in the queer community which is awesome to be a part of.
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Chicago is a very broken city filled with intelligence in every corner. More minorities can rise up in our society. We can all change the few of our “dangerous” and “hateful” city. Not only can Chicago be a vibrant place to live in, but also a place in which more students can harvest the opportunities of education and become successful. I believe Chicago can get better and more people will get help! Us as minorities can create a better vision for our future. We all have the right to become successful and empower others around the world.
Chicago is a very broken city filled with intelligence in every corner. More minorities can rise up in our society. We can all change the few of our “dangerous” and “hateful” city. Not only can Chicago be a vibrant place to live in, but also a place in which more students can harvest the opportunities of education and become successful. I believe Chicago can get better and more people will get help! Us as minorities can create a better vision for our future. We all have the right to become successful and empower others around the world.