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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Boystown is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 3,279. Boystown is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Boystown offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Boystown there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Boystown and residents tend to be liberal.
About Boystown...
Population
3,279

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$338,422
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,348
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    70%
  • Own
    30%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    228.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    399.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    266.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,815.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    228.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$76,888
National
$55,322
Families with Children
7%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    28%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    57%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    10%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    0%
    13%
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Boystown Reviews

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I love living in boystown! I am a young professional, moved to the neighborhood about a year ago. I cannot speak to the real estate market or the quality of schools at this time, as I do not have children and am not looking to buy. However, I find my rent is very affordable, I love the neighborhood, there is lots to do, and many grocery stores, gyms, etc nearby! I have found it to be extremely safe, and there seems to be a fair amount of local businesses hiring in the neighborhood (though I will admit that I do not work in boystown). In terms of working elsewhere and commuting, its the best! There are so many buses (some running express downtown) and it is very close to both the Addison and the Belmont stops on the El.
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I think boys town is amazing because there so many things to do here, and that is including shopping, bars, clubs, restaurants. One thing that made this town very fun and interesting is that people in LBGTQ community are gather around here a lot and that's what make it unique, and I feel to be a part of it.
I've lived in Boystown for two years now and love it. I am a young professional that works on Michigan Ave and the various options for bus and the train make it extremely easy to get down there. As a single renter I cannot attest to the schools or real estate market but as a woman in her late-twenties I have truly enjoyed living here.