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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  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
Population
30,300

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$412,718
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,294
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    61%
  • Own
    39%

West Town 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
    425
    283
  • Murder
    13
    6
  • Rape
    41
  • Robbery
    431
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    486
    500
  • Theft
    3,891
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    457
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$85,564
National
$55,322
Children
12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    16%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    11%
    13%
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West Town, stretching west from the Milwaukee Blue Line stop along Chicago Avenue, offers a palatable blend of historic and modern buildings, fun and friendly entertainment for all types, and excellent food at all hours of the day. Fantastic food can be found at longstanding venues such as El Taco Veloz and Cafe Central, LUSH, as well as at newer establishments like Butterfly Sushi, Five Star Grill, and Yuzu Robata Grill. Boutiques and galleries from the quaint to the outrageous pepper the spaces between restaurants and apartment dwellings. This up and coming area feels safe at all hours, even allowing a person to run after dark along the well-lit sidewalks.
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It's very diverse with lots of cafes and plenty of things to do. It is great for active people. There are plenty of gyms and eckhart park is such a great park with an indoor pool. The nightlife is nice with plenty of restaurants of all kinds. Part of the neighborhood is traditionally italian so you can find cool bakeries and delis, but here's plenty of Asian, Latino and American cuisines. There is a festival seemingly every weekend in the summer. Wicker Park is just west, River North is to the east and Greek town is to the south. The express way runs northeast adjacent to the blue line so that the neighborhood is connected to rest of the city. Despite all this there are still peaceful neighborhoods where it is possible to find parking and the area is affordable. It really is a great place to live.
I've lived in West Town for my whole life. I think it's a real big up and coming neighborhood. From what I've see change over the years, it's a lot safer and family friendly compared to how it use to be. The school system has gotten so much better as well and it's relatively inexpensive. The only downfall is that there are a lot of main streets in the neighborhood so commute times can be unpredictable.