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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
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Old Town is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 23,385. Old Town is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Old Town offers residents a dense urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Old Town there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals live in Old Town and residents tend to be liberal.
About Old Town...
Population
23,385

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$535,863
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,651
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    57%
  • Own
    43%
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Old Town 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
    304.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    10.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    197.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    197.4
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,216.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    183.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$108,207
National
$55,322
Families with Children
17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    43%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Old Town Reviews

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The neighborhood is absolutely beautiful and very central to the city and the lake. It is incredibly safe and has one of the lowest crime rates in the city. Its parks and play areas are very well kept up. This neighborhood is perfect for families and older people. The housing prices and rents tend to be fairly high, especially in the historical districts, and depending on where you live there may be very little night life to explore. The neighborhood is, however, populated with great small businesses, has a fantastic sense of community, and is ideal for children.
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Old Town is a vibrant neighborhood and has many entertainment venues, from restaurants to shopping to movie theaters. It's a convenient location and has nice features/environments.
barley any crime, very safe neighborhood, feels like the suburbs, this really is one of the best spots in all of chicago. Its not what it shows on the news, this is one of the best parts of chicago. Its very family friendly and me and my 2 kids have never had to go through any of the problems you would have to go through if you were in the hood. There are many job opportunities as well, and many young college students going to their classes.