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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Portage Park is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 65,765. Portage Park is in Cook County. Living in Portage Park offers residents an urban feel and most residents own their homes. In Portage Park there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Portage Park and residents tend to be liberal.
About Portage Park...
Population
65,765

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$259,733
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$985
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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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
    307
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    119
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    326
    500
  • Theft
    1,100
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    272
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$58,457
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
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We now have world a class live theater (Filament Theatre), a historic theater, art (National Veterans Art Museum, Art Side Out Art Studio) and dance (The Chicago Ballet Center) all in the same building. We have incredible restaurants and Josi's FroYo for wonderfully delightful frozen yogurt treats! City News Cafe offers the finest baristas in the city with live music and 6,000 magazines and books! Oh yes they also exhibit art as well. (I have a photography exhibition starting this June 2017). New businesses include Culvers, Elli's Pancake House, Retro-Fitness, Binny's, Aldi's, Thunderbolt Chicago axe throwing and more. Lots of new and rehabbed housing through-out the area. During the past couple of years we are seeing many folks who owned apts in Wicker Park, Logan Square, etc...move here for more affordable housing and the same or better atmosphere from their previous home areas.... Yep, come to Portage Park. More info here: https://sixcorners.com/
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I have lived in Portage Park my entire life and I have never felt truly unsafe. This is one of the most important aspects of a satisfying living environment. There is great diversity in my neighborhood as well for the far north side of Chicago, however, this causes a decreased level of community because people are still separated. The diversity will prompt change and integration over time though. People in my neighborhood would not come off as objectively friendly so this is among the very few things that I would want to be improved.
Portage park has various positive qualities to offer any resident that lives in the community. Whether you enjoy a very beautiful community around spring and summer time. As well as, a very safe and friendly atmosphere to raise a family in. Its almost like violence does not exist around the neighborhood. I would absolutely say that its the ideal place to be if your a child, teen, or homeowner. Although, when it comes to changing anything in the community. I can honestly say there is not much that needs to be changed.