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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 52,822. Edgewater is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Edgewater offers residents an 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
52,822

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$240,766
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,038
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%
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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
$51,932
National
$55,322
Families with Children
12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    24%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    16%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%
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Edgewater Reviews

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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!
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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.
What can I say,I'm raising my five year old here and there are a lot of families around here too. Excellent parks,clean,safe but still need to be aware of your surroundings just as you would anywhere in a big city. The fact the beach and the lake is right there is a big bonus. You can run all your errands on foot where everything is so close including banks,post office,grocery stores,coffee,restaurants you name it! I wish they had more boutiques or retail shops but Andersonville is very close by and you can get to downtown in 15 minutes. The public transportation is plentiful and you don't even need a car to live here. Families walk their kids to school and there is a sense of community here. It's truly a great neighborhood and a hidden gem in the city.