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    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  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-
West Ridge is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois with a population of 76,215. West Ridge is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in West Ridge offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In West Ridge there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in West Ridge and residents tend to be liberal.
About West Ridge...
Population
76,215

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$245,756
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$978
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    56%
  • Own
    44%
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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
    264.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    11.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    164.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    261.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    904.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    214.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$53,129
National
$55,322
Families with Children
33%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    14%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    22%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%
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West Ridge, means diversity. It holds an emphasis on inclusion and value of difference that seems to be so rare in Chicago these days. You have access to such a great variety of culinary delicacies. Whether it is Indian, Pakistani, Jewish, Mexican or anything else, you can always find something new to try and fall in love with. In addition to a multi-ethnic cornucopia of food, West Ridge is home to many fantastic parks, each with great infrastructure that encourage recreation for families and individuals alike. Basketball courts, a sledding hill, an ice rink, tennis courts, a park district building, and great trails on which to bike or go running, Indian Boundary and Warren Park are the hidden gems of Chicago's North Side.

To me, West Ridge represents all that is good about Chicago. There is affordable housing, there are great schools, there is food from all over the world and most of all, there are great people.
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We moved into ward 50 almost 2 years ago and love it so far. The conditions on our block have improved in the time since we moved in and our property value has increased. There are investors putting money into rehabbing the brick bungalows which is attracting new families into the neighborhood who are landscaping and making improvements. There are always families with children walking around. The racial, religious, ethnic and economic diversity here is spectacular. We LOVE it.

Housing in this area is still affordable compared to other single family houses in Chicago. I rarely if ever see graffiti in the area, but am aware that there has been some gang activity and rare incidents of violence and mugging. The Alderman is very active and encourages community engagement with the police and each other to work for a safe community.
I have lived in west ridge for almost a year now and it’s a very nice and diverse neighborhood. It is right next to Roger’s Park which is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Chicago. It seems like a very family friendly neighborhood and also is easily accessible to CTA buses. It’s also very close to the northern suburbs of Chicago, so you have the best of both worlds of living in the city and living in the suburbs.