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  1. Public Schools
    B
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+
Ottawa is a town in Illinois with a population of 18,701. Ottawa is in LaSalle County. Living in Ottawa offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Ottawa there are a lot of bars and restaurants. Many families live in Ottawa and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Ottawa are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$131,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$782
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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Ottawa 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
    66.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    5.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    11.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    248.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,431.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    33.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    34%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Ottawa

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$50,437
National
$55,322
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Ottawa is a beautiful town, filled with history. Ottawa has worked hard over the years to really update the town. We have a lot of delicious restaurants, a nice movie theater, bowling, skating, a brand new ice skating rink, and plenty of parks for the kids. We are also divided by two rivers, making a beautiful view, along with a wonderful place to spend your summer swimming, fishing, or boating! We are 10-20 minutes from three beautiful parks, including the peaceful, scenic Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Park. The waterfalls are a sight to see! This town has been a perfect place to raise our five children.
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Ottawa is a very small beautiful town with lots of scenery. It has very many parks such as Starved Rock, Buffalo Rock, Matheson Park are a few of my favorites that are a must see if you ever come to town. Washington square is in the downtown area that also has a memorial of the Lincoln and Douglas debate. During the winter time they decorate the Park full of Lights and ice sculptures through the whole downtown. There is also many cute stores downtown where you can find something for everyone. Finding somewhere to eat is the hard part because there is so many restaurants to choose from anything from Chinese to Gourmet steaks. In the summer time the best place to be is on the river ther is a lot of beautiful scenery and everyone is very friendly overall Ottawa is a one of a kind small town!
I moved to Ottawa in the second grade from a small town in Tennessee. It was a big change for me, but it was one of the smoothest transitions I have ever experienced. The public schools were all amazing and I never had a problem with any of them. I was apart of the state champion music program in high school and it made my experience all the better. Ottawa offers opportunities for everyone and everyones hobbies. Including wine tasting, hiking, boating, martial arts, dance, and so much more.