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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Northbrook is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 33,591. Northbrook is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Northbrook offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Northbrook there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Northbrook and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Northbrook are highly rated.
About Northbrook...
Population
33,591

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$517,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$2,036
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%
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Northbrook 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
    9
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    14.9
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    95.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,007.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    23.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    4%
  • 25-34 years
    7%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    31%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    18%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Northbrook

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$119,568
National
$55,322
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Great northern suburb of Chicago to raise a family in! The school systems are definitely a perk of living in Northbrook. Likewise, the community events are extremely open and family-friendly, truly a great place to grow up and find your roots.
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Northbrook is a wonderful and very safe community that is perfect for families. The schools in Northbrook are exceptional and prepare students for success in their future endeavors. There are many wonderful job opportunities in this community and the real estate market is always booming. Northbrook is very family friendly and everyone in the community is very supportive of one another and the community is always giving back in some way. Commuting is nice because there is not much traffic and everything is close in proximity. Northbrook is also roughly 30 minutes away from the city of Chicago, making it easy to commute for work.
This village is a great place to raise children. Although it is quite a bubble when it comes to diversity and political views, it is very safe and there are great resources for growth opportunities. I have lived in the Bay Area in California and Central Israel, and the schools in Northbrook are by far better than both of those places. The downside is that the stress load is a little overbearing, but it is just a part of the social system, and it prepares you very well for college life and the competitive nature of jobs.