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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Highland Park is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 29,796. Highland Park is in Lake County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Highland Park offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Highland Park there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Highland Park and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Highland Park are highly rated.
About Highland Park...
Population
29,796

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$574,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,659
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    17%
  • Own
    83%
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Highland Park Rankings

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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
    33.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    6.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    10.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    135.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    928.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    87.8
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    6%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    22%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    15%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Highland Park

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$137,450
National
$55,322
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Highland Park Reviews

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Growing up I didn't really like living in Highland Park. But looking back on my experiences now, I can really see how great of a town and community HP is. Our public schools are incredible and I learned more in high school than I did my first year of college. We also have beautiful beaches and nature preserves, with Chicago just down the road. If you are looking for a safe, affluent neighborhood, Highland Park is for you.
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I grew up in Highland Park. I've seen tremendous changes over the years. It has wonderful stores and restaurants and great accessibility to downtown. It is a beautiful community situated right next to Lake Michigan and it hosts Ravinia which is one of the most spectacular outside music theater venues. I could go on and on but come see it and experience it for yourself!
I love Highland Park because it is such a tight knit area that pretty much everyone knows everyone in the town. The downtown area is a short walk from anywhere in the town. There is everything from clothing stores to gelato shops. The beach is just a short drive from downtown and is always enjoyable. There are also small secluded areas of the town that you can find that not everyone knows about, a perfect place to read. This city is amazing for all types of people, if you're a socialite or you're a book worm.