A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  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

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%

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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
    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%
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I am a Evanstonian. ( born & raised) in Evanston. Attended & graduated ETHS (Evanston Township HS). Absolutely love & appreciate the ability to experience suburban & city life mixed together. Good public transportation & easy access to Chicago. Very diverse group of people (ethnically , financially, politically, etc...). High cost to live here, but so worth it!
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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!
Evanston is a suburb just north of Chicago. The proximity, allows easy access to a world class city, offering a variety of cultural experiences, to suit multi-generational tastes.
I am a 5th generation family member that was born in Evanston. In each generation there were successful entrepreneurs, that started and maintained businesses that lasted and lasts many decades. My great great grandparents owned real estate, of which some remains in our family currently. My great grandparents and grandparents followed suit. Additionally, the family owned and operated a coach and school bus business, beauty salon, taxi services, catering service and a property management company. My great grandparents became owners of real estate that in their youth, they were not allowed to be on or near the premiss.