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    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
    B+
Lincoln Square is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 39,458. Lincoln Square is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Lincoln Square offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Lincoln Square there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Lincoln Square and residents tend to be liberal.
About Lincoln Square...
Population
39,458

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$379,712
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,265
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%
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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
    242.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    2.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    130
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    274.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,381.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    188.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$76,109
National
$55,322
Families with Children
23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    23%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    14%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%
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Very nice area. You may not get a super flashy night life and the area is more family oriented, there are some nice assortments of bars and you aren’t very far from a bigger bar scene just a few minutes away in a nearby neighborhood. Rent is reasonably priced the food and culture diversity is refreshing. Traffic doesn’t get too bad but there may be some business during regular commute hours and dies down after and hour or two and the area quites down at a reasonable hour. Some decent schools and public transit are close by . A few gyms and cool coffee shops. A Jewel Osco and a Tonys Market are close by along with smaller neighborhood markets for convenient shopping. A pretty safe and clean neighborhood area to have your family settle down in.
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Lincoln Square has become a hot spot for new restaurants, shops, and entertainment (e.g. German fest), while maintaining its diverse ties to the community. The square itself is a mix of cultures, spanning Greek, German, French, and Argentinian backgrounds, to name a few. There is a strong community feeling everywhere you go, and long-time locals are always touting how proud they are to have seen the area develop into the wonderful, hidden gem it is today! Come see for yourself!
I've lived in Lincoln square all my life. While it is safe and very clean/pretty, I do find it kind of boring at times. There's not that much to do, aside from the shops on Lincoln Ave. and Winnemac Park. Maybe that's just me. It is nice that Lincoln Square's just a ten minute drive to Lake Shore Dr., which is just 15 minutes away from downtown. So, overall, Lincoln Square's location is really convienent. I will say that there is definitely a lack of diversity here. Every single one of my neighbors is Caucasian. I rarely see anyone else walking down the streets. Again, maybe that matters to you or maybe it doesn't.