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  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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Kankakee is a town in Illinois with a population of 25,884. Kankakee is in Kankakee County. Living in Kankakee offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Kankakee there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Kankakee and residents tend to lean liberal.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$87,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$821
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense 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
    553.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    15.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    134.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    180.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    549.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,619.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    176.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    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
$36,902
National
$55,322
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Kankakee Reviews

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Kankakee is a city with lots of potential. It has a lot of old buildings and has lots of character. I see that unique businesses are popping up in some of these locations because of it's unique charm. It is a diverse community and I consider that a strength as well. The city just added bicycle infrastructure, and I think that helps show that it is a city that cares about healthy living. The city of Kankakee has an amazing farmers market and a vibrant art scene, which attracts new young residents. Kankakee, IL has a lot of growing room, and people are starting to notice.
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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.
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.