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  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Kankakee is a town in Illinois with a population of 26,036. Kankakee is in Kankakee County. Living in Kankakee offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Kankakee there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families live in Kankakee and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$85,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$786
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    50%
  • Own
    50%
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Kankakee 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
    384.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    22.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    133.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    258.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    753.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,045.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    194.2
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    7%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    25%
    13%

Working in Kankakee

Jobs
C
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$35,601
National
$55,322
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Kankakee Reviews

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The personal contact among residents and their assistance to one another when needed is fairly good. As a resident of Kankakee, I know the area very well. It is beneficial because it is not a farm town, but also not the size of Chicago, so it is not extremely boring and not over-crowded. The problems with this town being a far southern suburb of Chicago is that we don't have a lot of commercial resources. Also, with the issues that Illinois is having with funding today, there is an impact on Kankakee as well. There are business as well. There are places still hiring, yet there are not enough jobs to go around. Also, around 5 years ago, we got a bus system which is much less luxurious than Chicago's yet for the people around the town without a car it is a great asset. Kankakee does have drawbacks, yet the town's benefits outweigh the risks in my opinion.
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The city of Kankakee is a great place to raise a family, educate the youth and offers serenity for seniors and retirees alike. There's immense diversity among it's inhabitants and a very peaceful coexistence among them as well. One thing I feel would help make one's stay in Kankakee a much better one is the inclusion of a variety of nighttime public venues and attractions so to encourage interaction in the form of socialization among it's diverse citizens.
It's a town that seems to have lost a lot of its big employer market but is still holding on and trying its best to recover through focus on arts and community. Close enough to the city to commute but far enough to know your neighbors, Kankakee has drawn the Chicago Bears home for summer training camp for over 15 years.