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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  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 54,808. Normal is in McLean County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Normal offers residents a dense 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
$169,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$854
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%
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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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    111.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    3.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    64.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    38.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    218.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,546.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    42.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    33%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    8%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Normal

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$55,193
National
$55,322
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Normal Reviews

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I moved here to attend Illinois State University and I have been very pleased with the environment here! There are many great restaurants within town and many fun things to do as well. There are a couple trampoline parks, movie theaters, colleges, festivals, etc. I would recommend Normal, IL to anyone!
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I think Normal is a great family-friendly town that is a great place to settle down and raise a family. We have State Farm Headquarters, Country Financial Headquarters, Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University. Most people work for one of these four entities, so diversity in employment opportunities is low outside of these four companies/schools.
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!