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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Galesburg is a town in Illinois with a population of 31,215. Galesburg is in Knox County. Living in Galesburg offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Galesburg there are a lot of bars and parks. Many retirees live in Galesburg and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Galesburg are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$73,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$605
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Galesburg 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
    237.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    52
    40.7
  • Robbery
    22.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    357.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,375.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    52
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    13%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    10%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    35%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Galesburg

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$36,035
National
$55,322
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Both town and community were founded together. The ideological Presbyterians that journeyed to Galesburg had many progressive beliefs. They turned Galesburg into more than a stop on the underground railroad, they made it a safe haven.
There is a vibrant arts community filled with outstanding artists and personalities. There is a wonderful diverse music community highlighted by an exceptional symphony orchestra, an annual jazz festival and local pubs that feature jazz, blues, bluegrass, rock & roll, open mics and great events. There is a local army of volunteers that create wonderful events.
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Living in Galesburg has definitely been an experience. The town is rich with history and I wish I could see the town in its prime. Galesburg is a friendly community that is big on small and local businesses, something I really appreciate. There are some areas that are run down but the overall safety is good. Although, Knox College is located here, I would not describe this town as a college town. However, there are really great connections between the community and the college. This town has a small town vibe with big cities only 45 minutes away. It is a great place to first start living to help save money.
Galesburg is a small college town of about 37,000 people. It is an easy and affordable place to live. It is easy to get around and has a fair amount of business in town, though it has little shopping opportunity and few other activities or clubs to participate in in the community. It is however perfectly wedged 45 minutes in between the much larger cities of the Quad Cities to the north west and Peoria Illinois to the south east.