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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A
Evanston is a town in Illinois with a population of 75,557. Evanston is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Evanston offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Evanston there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Evanston and residents tend to be liberal. The public schools in Evanston are highly rated.
About Evanston...
Population
75,557

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$367,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,296
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Evanston Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    104.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    53.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    378.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,897.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    84.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    16%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    37%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

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Evanston is a great city right north of Chicago. We enjoy the benefits of being next to such a huge metropolis, without having to deal with some of the more negative aspects of city living. Its next to Lake Michigan as well, which creates a very beautiful environment.
Besides its geographical qualities, Evanston has an amazing school district. It has only one high school which has an A+ from Niche and scores very high in national rankings. It is also a college town, with Northwestern University adding a great atmosphere to Evanston.
However, one thing I would change is the activities available. Evanston can get boring at times, and if you don't go to Chicago a lot, you can get stuck in a limbo. Other than that small thing, it is a great town to live in!
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The best suburb North of Chicago. Easy access to the city via the train while still experiencing suburban life. Evanston celebrates it's diversity, lively downtown, and art scene. The public schools are amazing and all of the park are well kept. And you can't forget about Northwestern! It is it's own city while still maintaining a tight-knit community. An amazing place for families!
Evanston is a welcoming and diverse neighborhood with excellent public education, strong small businesses, lots of community services, and great walkability! I would like to see more bike lanes, a UBI for the lowest income residents, and more opportunities for public discourse. Otherwise, I would highly recommend this city as a wonderful place to raise a family and a good place for folks who want a quieter vibe than the city but easy access to downtown (the purple line is great!)