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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Joliet is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 148,172. Joliet is in Will County. Living in Joliet offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Joliet there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Joliet and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Joliet are above average.
About Joliet...
Population
148,172

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$165,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$971
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    29%
  • Own
    71%
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Joliet 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
    201.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    45.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    107.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    300.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,357.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    111.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

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Living in Joliet, IL isn't bad as everyone thinks. I enjoy the city! Great places to go around with family/friends. I appreciate what the city has to offer to me. Things that can change here in Joliet are the traffic jams that can happen at times. The city has great public programs/ organizations that children and adults can enjoy! Joliet is a well-rounded city that people can live happily. The most important thing I really love about the city is when people gather to have events. For example, "Taste of Joliet" is a great example where people all over Joliet and other cities come together and experience a great feeling to food vendors, carnival, kids zone, and headline entertainment!
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Joliet is a nice area to live in. In the city of Joliet, there are good shopping places, a variety of food selections, and overall a nice city. Only downfall would be the crime rates are continuing to steadily increase. The schools are fairly decent for the most part. The houses are usually going on the market and available for either residents wanting to move, or people wanting to move here from another location. There are many easy accesses to get to the highways easily. Joliet also has multiple colleges in the area to attend. The city does tend to get a lot of cross through traffic from the surrounding cities.
I've lived here for about 7 years or so. Before then, I lived in a poor, racist neighborhood with rude neighbors. This move has improved, but not overall any better. Our neighbors are nicer, but the area is a bit louder. Occasionally, I'll overhear dogs, kids yelling, or block parties. When I first moved here, I heard from my parents about a crazy incident involving college students and alcohol. That hasn't happened since, so I'm assuming the suburbs have improved over time. I like it here though. It's always lovely to see the sun set and enjoy the clear skies or watch the rain fall.