90 reviews
  1. Town in Illinois
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Real Estate
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    D+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$348,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,200
National
$928
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    101
    273
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    67
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    412
    525
  • Theft
    1,896
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    82
    263

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$70,041
National
$53,889
Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    37%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    6%
    13%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

Evanston Reviews

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I am a student attending Northwestern University which is located in the township of Evanston. I have spent the last two years living in Evanston, and am about to start my third. Going into town has been one of the best aspects of my college career. It is a beautiful, diverse community with so much today and so many community members willing to engage. The relationship the town has with Northwestern is a great one, and the permanent residents of Evanston make it known through their welcoming demeanor and inviting atmosphere. I love going into town with friends on a sunny Sunday afternoon and choosing from the (many!) delicious options to eat. From signature frozen custard to authentic Indian food, we call Evanston the food capital of Illinois for a reason. It has been a joy calling it home, and I'm looking forward to my continued engagement with it over the next two years and beyond!
My experience living in Evanston is pretty good. Evanston is a little town north of Chicago. The neighborhoods are quiet, the houses are big, a lot of Parks, and the schools are great which is a prefect package for parents that live or looking to move there. Northwestern University is right there also if you to the downtown area. Downtown you'll find everything you need from the stores, restaraunts, gyms, doctors, dentists, therapists, banks its right there . The nightlife is somewhat live no clubs or dancehalls just bars not my kind of scene but to each his own. The diversity is very good, you'll find everyone from different ethnic backgrounds. Overall Evanston is top notch and I will probably stay to raise a family.
Evanston is an amazing city/town to live in. There are so many things close by, the neighborhoods are just lovely and Downtown Evanston feels like Downtown Chicago. Everything you need is right here. Public transportation is available and close by, people are friendly, and there are so many events that happen throughout the year. My time in Evanston has been nothing short of fantastic, I myself moved from Skokie a few years back and I have no desire to leave. If you have children then you will be happy to know that there are a plethora of lovely parks all over, and I have even seen summer and spring camps in session around. Also in my experience Evanston is dog friendly, you will always see someone walking their dog outside and friendly dogs waiting for their owners outside of shops in Downtown. Also Lake Michigan is at most a 5-10 minute drive from most places in Evanston.