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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
Garfield Ridge is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 36,396. Garfield Ridge is in Cook County. Living in Garfield Ridge offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Garfield Ridge there are a lot of bars, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Garfield Ridge and residents tend to be liberal.
About Garfield Ridge...
Population
36,396

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$201,101
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$607
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    21%
  • Own
    79%
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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
    334.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    8.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    132.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    416.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,335.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    267.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$67,907
National
$55,322
Families with Children
32%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    20%
    13%
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Garfield Ridge Reviews

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In all my years living in the city of Chicago, I have never lived in a warmer and more welcoming neighborhood then Garfield Ridge. Here, all neighbors know that everyone is looking out for each other. Neighbors don't hesitate to reach out to help those who need help, and everyone has the chance to reach out to others. Everyone can expect a warm hello by their front door neighbor when they walk out into the street. Children are fortunate enough to live in a neighborhood where they are able to truly be children and play with friends in the park without fear.
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I have always disliked this part of the city. It’s far from the loop, the north side, the near south side, the lake, or any of the other places that make Chicago notable. There are lots of great people there and it’s affordable, but the cons far outweigh the pros in my book. There’s a lot of traffic because everyone in the area drives everywhere. The airplane noise in this neighborhood is constant and very loud. It’s probably a fine place if you have kids and you can’t afford a house in the city center, but if you can I would suggest trying to stay in the city. This is a neighborhood no one would ever know about if they didn’t have friends or family there (I have both). If you want to live the urban lifestyle — walking, biking, or taking public transport to shops, bars, art galleries, breweries, museums, or the lake then this neighborhood falls far short. You can jump on 55 and be in the city when there’s no traffic, but there is almost always traffic. No thanks.
The sense of community that Garfield Ridge provides makes anybody want to call it home. With many small businesses located in Garfield Ridge and the surrounding areas, there are rarely times when I need to leave the community to find something I need. The diversity in my neighborhood comes with great benefits as these people normally get along well and good relationships are built between neighborhoods.