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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Niles is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 29,823. Niles is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Niles offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Niles there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Niles and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Niles are highly rated.
About Niles...
Population
29,823

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$265,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,086
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Niles Rankings

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

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    63.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    6.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    26.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    164
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,138.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    46.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    6%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Niles

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$58,293
National
$55,322
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Niles Reviews

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My sister and I moved to Niles two years ago, as she is blind and the transportation is excellent! It is close to all the places she goes, and she loves the free bus, proximity to stores, her doctors, and Niles Fitness Center. Even though we live relatively close to Golf Road, it is pretty quiet. The neighbors are friendly and we love the diversity. The only con for me is that it takes me longer to get into Chicago than it did from Northbrook. The traffic on Golf and Dempster was frustrating at first. We also love the restaurants and that other ones we love are only a five to ten minute drive away.
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I've been living in Niles since 1998 when I was a teenager. The town keeps on improving and I wouldn't mind raising my kids here someday because the town is safe, well-maintained, diverse enough and if you want more diversity, it's so close to Chicago! Parks are clean and the Forest Preserve trails are everywhere. The school districts are wonderful and the Free Bus can take you everywhere! But my most favorite part is everytime I lock my keys in my Jeep, Niles Police is there to help me right away. That is not a free service in any other town! Niles is awesome!!!
My father moved to Niles a couple of years ago to live in a more suitable community but also for me to be able to attend an excellent high school. Niles feels very safe and friendly. Neighbors are nice and you feel you can trust those around you. There is a good public school and the high school is close as well. There are restaurants and activities around which makes it fun for families. Niles is a good community and it is a good place to live in.