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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Washington Park is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 11,502. Washington Park is in Cook County. Living in Washington Park offers residents an urban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Washington Park there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families live in Washington Park and residents tend to be liberal.
About Washington Park...
Population
11,502

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$137,944
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$880
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    87%
  • Own
    13%
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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
    1,787.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    99.3
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    1,307.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,365.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,311
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    778.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$25,692
National
$55,322
Families with Children
35%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%
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The area could be described as sort of an urban boondock. If you're in Washington Park, you either stay there or are passing through to get somewhere else. The good thing is that it's only 2-3 minutes next to the Englewood area, which is being reformed. So the property value here is going up.
It's also about 5-8 minutes from the Hyde Park & Bronzeville areas. Which are more intimate versions of downtown Chicago. There's a lot of money to spend on local business in the perimeter and there are a bunch of community events that come up.
The downside are the amount of empty lots that run across the neighborhood. The lot next to my apartment complex, used to be a large amusement park in the early 1900s. But now they've been a cover up for a string of unsolved murders involving women being dumped and burned in alley trash cans.
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The Washington Park community in Chicago is being gentrified. It has beautiful restored buildings and beautiful parks, that have a wealth of black history. Washington Park houses the historical Bronzeville and Black-belt communities. Black settlers migrated to these communities when they arrived in Chicago soon after chattel slavery ended. Slowly this history, good or bad, is being deleted and won't be recognizable in years to come.
This neighborhood has many things for kids to do. There are a lot of restaurants around. Many schools are nearby. There are also many stores to shop at. Over the past years, this neighborhood hasn't been the safest to live in which is why I give a 3 out of 5 rating.