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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    D-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    C-
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B
South Shore is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 50,418. South Shore is in Cook County. Living in South Shore offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In South Shore there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in South Shore and residents tend to be liberal.
About South Shore...
Population
50,418

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$159,118
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$889
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    80%
  • Own
    20%
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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
    1,401.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    44.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    849.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,070.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,312.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    571.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$25,516
National
$55,322
Families with Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    39%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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Being a lifelong resident in the South Shore area, I've seen the good and the bad. While the neighborhood provides a high school, multiple elementary schools, a hospital and grocery store, I feel as though the neighborhood lacks in many areas. If I had the ability to change things, I would eliminate eyesore storefronts that don't add value within the community, while looking to provide healthier food alternatives to rival the seemingly ever-prevalent fast food establishments on every corner. I think the area has so much growth potential.
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South Shore is a diverse neighborhood in my opinion. There are all kinds of people here. I would like to see a grocery store here though. Ever since Dominick’s left, the commute time to get groceries has been longer. The vacant space left by Dominick’s was partially replaced by a fitness center. Crime isn’t bad but I don’t recommend you leave your doors unlocked at all!
South Shore was at one time a vibrant active neighborhood with every convenience-large and small neighborhood grocers, eat-in restaurants, retail shops, banks, and movie theaters. This lakefront neighborhood is still beautiful with some of the best examples of Chicago architecture that any neighborhood could offer. The apartments here are classic and spacious, and the homes range anywhere from the classic Chicago bungalow to greystones, and American four squares, all the way to ornate Queen Anne's listed as Chicago Landmarks. Current residents are already witnessing a resurgence, Obama Library or not. Young families and professionals are showing a greater interest in the area and are returning. What we need now is a grocer and more vigilant law enforcement. The rest will follow...