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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    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
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Population
73,723

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$233,622
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$976
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    53%
  • Own
    47%

West Ridge Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of neighborhoods based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    265
    283
  • Murder
    11
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    165
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    262
    500
  • Theft
    904
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    215
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$53,244
National
$55,322
Children
21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    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
    17%
    13%
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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.
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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.
West Ridge is one of 77 Chicago community areas. It is a middle-class neighborhood located on the far North Side of the City of Chicago. It is located in the 50th Ward and the 40th Ward. I love living in West Ridge. The community is safe and there are lots of places to visit. Although, there are really not that many train stations close around and not that many food places.