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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 75,157. 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
75,157

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$380,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,366
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
    112.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    4
    6.1
  • Rape
    8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    62.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    386.5
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,816
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    73.5
    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
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    37%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    29%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    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!
The town of Evanston is a small area in which everyone knows everyone. There is almost always an opportunity for socializing with neighbors, picking up produce from a nearby Trader Joes or running on the adjacent lake Michigan. People are always willing to help others with directions to the nearest gas station or even with bringing groceries to their car. This helpful town feels like it has kept is old culture in its slowly updating infrastructure with ice cream stores getting more new and nicer signs or expansions on pre-existing extablishments that keep the history of the building in tact. Evanston has an inexplainable charm to it that is one worth exploring whenever one would have the chance.