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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Elgin is a city in Illinois with a population of 113,023. Elgin is in Kane County. Living in Elgin offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Elgin there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Elgin and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Elgin are above average.
About Elgin...
Population
113,023

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$177,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,065
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Elgin Rankings

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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
    99.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    37.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    60.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    157.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,065.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    50.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    13%

Working in Elgin

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$67,029
National
$55,322
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Elgin Reviews

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Having been born in Elgin, I love the community of friends I have been able to form, along with the various attractions offered throughout the city! Nearly every year, my family and I participate in the annual Elgin Valley Fox Trot, and have enjoyed walking or running.
My favorite places to go are the Gail Borden Public Library, and Rakow Branch Public Library: both wonderful to find interesting books to read, or to meet up with friends for studying or any event being held!
Although some people don't see much to do around here, I'm always able to find something to do, and the distance from this city to neighboring ones is always convenient.
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I love Elgin! I grew up here and have seen the city grow in their "look." The riverwalks are beautiful and the perfect place to go for a jog, fish or go on an evening stroll with loved ones. The downtown food is delicious! The diversity of the food is pretty good and complimented by great coffee. The only thing downtown Elgin does not have is a place for teens to hangout, besides that it is well put together and on it's way to getting better.
This City is wonderful! My young family and I have lived here for a year and a half and I am very pleased with what we have been discovering. The downtown area is AMAZING, there are so many restaurants and cafes to go to! You can't beat the riverwalk and the library which is also on the river. My block is very quiet, all of the neighbors know each other. I can walk to the downtown area and also walk to a local nature preserve so I am happy to have the best of both worlds! Lots of things for kids to do and see, an overall wonderful place!