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  1. Public Schools
    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 33,538. Northbrook is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Northbrook offers residents a 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
33,538

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$519,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,962
National
$949
Area Feel
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
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    6
    41
  • Robbery
    15
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    96
    500
  • Theft
    1,007
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    24
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$115,243
National
$55,322
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    32%
    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%
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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.
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While Northbrook has been a great place to grow up, some of my classmates are snobby and entitled. Yes, we live in a community with more wealth than the average American family, but money does not make you better than others. While Northbrook has its advantages, it lacks racial diversity. Northbrook has a high Jewish population so citizens are generally very tolerant and kind. Our town is mainly liberal, although people will be open minded to someone who is conservative.
Northbrook has some of the best public schools you'll find in Illinois! In addition, it is family friendly and incredibly safe.