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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
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Edgewater is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 49,024. Edgewater is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Edgewater offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Edgewater there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Edgewater and residents tend to be liberal.
About Edgewater...
Population
49,024

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$276,733
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,115
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    63%
  • Own
    37%
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Edgewater Rankings

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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
    234.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    160.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    199.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,126.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    158.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$55,644
National
$55,322
Families with Children
12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%
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Edgewater Reviews

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Since I moved here in 2012, Edgewater has TRANSFORMED. Buildings look great up and down Sheridan -- and NOW up and down Winthrop in Kenmore. Like Bryn Mawr, Edgewater is a hot area to be in -- buildings that were mediocre are getting revamped. Edgewater is connecting to Bryn Mawr as a solid line of revitalization in the Kenmore- Winthrop pocket. You know when landscaping becomes a priority that people are proud of their community. Most of the negative reviews about Edgewater are pre 2014/15. Whole Foods opened mid-2015 and the area hasn't looked back. Storefronts are filling. New apartment buildings are being constructed. Loyola is adding more construction, more dorms for an increase of students. There are still some vacant store fronts but that is everywhere and results more from decisions of the building owners than the neighborhood. There could always be more done to attract businesses -- but again, that is a city-wide challenge in every neighborhood.
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This is the best neighborhood I've lived in, & I've stayed in lots--Hyde Park, Rogers, Uptown, Lakeview, South Loop, etc. It's SO diverse, which is important. It's more affordable than many places, but it's ON THE BEACH & is a great place to live! There's so much great stuff to do: library, awesome food, antiques, annual yard sale, farmers' market, etc. It's super-close to good nightlife, & the public transit is safe & fanastic. The buses are great & El is close. People are friendly, & I've never had a problem with crime. Hands down the best place I've lived. Love that it's not all one type of person, & the majority of residents have college degrees, so they're smart. Don't miss out!
Edgewater is nothing short of amazing! I’ve lived here for 18 years (almost my entire life). It’s very affordable considering you’re living right by the beach. It’s diverse; full of so many different cultures and people. It’s only a 10-15 drive to downtown. Plus, if you don’t drive, the 147 bus goes straight downtown via Lakeshore drive so you can conveniently get downtown in 15 minutes! There’s a wide variety of different restaurants. Craving a burger, sushi, Chinese food, Indian food, pizza? Edgewater has just about anything and everything you can think of within a walking distance. Beautiful parks and beaches are the best in spring/summer time. I can’t say enough great things about Edgewater. It’s perfect.