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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    C
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    C+
Elwood is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 2,396. Elwood is in Will County. Living in Elwood offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Elwood there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Elwood and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Elwood are above average.
About Elwood...
Population
2,396

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$166,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$886
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%
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Elwood Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    176.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    44.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    486.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    221
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    17%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    45%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Elwood

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$75,469
National
$55,322
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Living in the town of Elwood brought me a small country town experience. I feel as though I am living in the country, and it is very peaceful. Commute to other bigger towns/cities is not bad.
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I have lived in Elwood for 20 years and will continue to do so. Elwood is a small town with a population of 2,300. By living here, I have learned what a family truly is. Elwood grade school was where I first encountered family. There were 42 kids in my graduating class and we were all so close. We cared for one another and were like brothers and sisters. Even to this day, I know they would still have my back if something went wrong. I also encountered family when dreadful events occurred. Some examples are, family deaths, accidents, or even horrible events around the world. We all came together to help and overcome obstacles. What I would like to see changed in Elwood, is school spirit. I think we need more of it, I believe the school should get more attention. I also think Elwood needs more safety rules. Since the Intermodal has been around, Elwood does not feel as safe as it used to. Other than that, Elwood is a place I will always refer to as home.
I grew up and lived in Elwood for my entire childhood. Small, safe town about a 15 minute drive from larger towns with all of your basic needs. Very good for new families to begin their lives in a safe place that is far from overwhelming.