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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
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A
Normal is a town in Illinois with a population of 54,534. Normal is in McLean County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Normal offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Normal there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Normal and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Normal are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$163,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$877
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Normal 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
    144
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    69
    41
  • Robbery
    53
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    259
    500
  • Theft
    1,666
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    48
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$54,496
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    32%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%
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Normal, Illinois is a great midwestern town. It is big enough to have almost any store, restaurant, or shopping option and at the same time it has a small town feel. There are even a few different college options within our town: Heartland Community College, Illinois State University, and Illinois Wesleyan University. The public school system is good and the town is well-maintained. It is a great place to raise a family!
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Normal Illinois is a very friendly, family oriented, tight-knit community. With good schools, churches and eateries. It also has great parks, libraries and museums. Relative to transportation, yellow cabs, uber and bus services are available. I am not sure of the night life, because I do not partake in it. Although limited, there are resources available for those who fall on hard times. Resources ranging from domestic violence shelters to homeless shelters; mental health services to substance abuse agencies. In fact one of Bloomington-Normal's staple of rescources is PATH, this agency serves the needs of the homeless. However, it also serves as a hotline, volunteer and information center. Housing is affordable in some areas. The police departments are top-notch. Medical cmmunity is favorable.
Normal is a very family-orientated area and so it's especially great for couples wanting a family. It is a safe place. The town has done a great job of helping residents stay active through the many bike trails all throughout and lots of gyms. One nice feature is the Constitution Trail. It extends into Bloomington and is a great way to exercise while enjoying nature (since trees line the trail). The town has several swimming pools, bowling alleys, bars, movie theaters and plenty of restaurants. There are small business places throughout the town, especially in their uptown area. This area is right next to the ISU campus. The Bloomington-Normal area has several colleges. There are usually a variety of events hosted in the uptown area several times a year, which I really enjoy going to. Normal is also surrounded by smaller towns and country roads, which I personally enjoy because I can drive around and star-gaze, etc.