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  2. Crime & Safety
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  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
Old Town is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 28,486. Old Town is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Old Town offers residents an 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
28,486

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$471,048
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,551
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    59%
  • Own
    41%
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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
$100,440
National
$55,322
Families with Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    30%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    44%
    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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I just moved into Marshall Field Gardens apartments as a college student...the people that live there are very friendly and set an example of what urban excellence should look like. There is barely any crime and the Marshall Field Green apartments are very safe in my opinion. The neighborhood and the apartments are very cheap and is very safe, and you would not have to go through any of the things you would go through if you were in a ghetto.
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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.
This is the best area to live...It has stores galore..Most importantly we have some of the Best Restaurants on the planet..Our transit system will get you from Cubs, Sox, Bulls & Bears Game..If you need any kind of direction call me I been in the area over 40 years..