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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Lower West Side is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 32,888. Lower West Side is in Cook County. Living in Lower West Side offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Lower West Side there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Lower West Side and residents tend to be liberal.
About Lower West Side...
Population
32,888

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$216,522
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$878
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    71%
  • Own
    29%
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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
    592.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    17.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    212.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    366.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,339.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    313.9
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$42,673
National
$55,322
Families with Children
26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    18%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    20%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    34%
    13%
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I live in the neighborhood Pilsen in Chicago's lower west side. In the past, this neighborhood was one of the most dangerous and violent areas in Chicago. There was a lot of gang activity, shootings, robberies, and deaths, but in recent years, Pilsen has changed. There is more diversity now, different cultures are blending here, whites, blacks, and Hispanics are living here. Crime has gone down, but home values have risen. There are more art galleries, more restaurant openings, more retail store openings, which means more employment opportunities. I love Pilsen and I'm glad that things are changing for the better.
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I grew up coming to this area as a child and the past 10 years it has hit gentrification on a different level. It's both good and bad. There are lots of great things about this community such as families, neighbors looking out for one another, small mom and pop shops/restaurants, location- very easily accessible to all highways to leave and enter city and very close to downtown Chicago.

The con about living here is the public transit system. It is not very reliable or consistent. It is very upsetting to see elderly waiting for more than 20 minutes at a bus stop, the weather in Chicago is not always nice, so it's hard to see elderly and young mothers with children waiting for such long periods of time.

I do see good but mainly bad. When gentrification comes in full swing, that is how a community loses it's character. There are many new businesses and big chain franchises opening up which pushes out small business owners due to competition and rent sky rocketing. When new businesses open up, it doe not cater to the local natives that have been living in the area for over 20+ years. Many families can not afford items that new business owners have and at the same time what are the new business owners doing to help contribute to the community? These are all the questions and topics that come about when living within my community.
The crime is bad at this point, there a lot of gang activity. It's not much safe out here in te neighborhood. The police aren't reliable, especially when there is an incident, they don't really respond quick enough in the neighborhood like they do in other neighborhoods.