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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Palatine is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 69,099. Palatine is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Palatine offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Palatine there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Palatine and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Palatine are highly rated.
About Palatine...
Population
69,099

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$270,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,170
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    31%
  • Own
    69%
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Palatine 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
    13.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    16
    40.7
  • Robbery
    10.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    37.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    461.8
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    21.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    19%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    31%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    15%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Palatine

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$76,633
National
$55,322
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I've lived here for 26 years! We purchased with the intent to flip our house and move elsewhere. The more we experienced the area, the more we liked it. We are walking distance to town, the train to Chicago, parks, good schools. We are minutes from major highways and shopping. O'Hare airport is a 20 minute drive. The community is very diverse culturally. There are community festivals, a great park district with really nice facilities, and a responsible village government. We've been really happy with the schools and the opportunities our kids have had. It's kind of expensive to live here and in the Chicago area in general, but we have very enjoyable lives. My kids feel that it's boring here :) but that's because they don't know what boring is!
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I love Palatine! I am a single mom and I live in Palatine with my daughter and two small dogs. All of my neighbors are incredibly helpful and my daughter loves all the neighborhood kids! We live right near my daughter's elementary school so we get to walk to school each day which we both love to do. The walk to and from school allows us time to catch up with one another. My daughter and I also love the pools, parks, and other community events Palatine has to offer such as free concerts in the park and movies in the park for the kiddos. It is a great place to live and I can't ever imagine living anywhere else.
Palatine has always been a home to me! It has opened thousands of opportunities for me and houses programs that supports others as well. Although, I love Palatine there is something to be said for some of the gangs and crimes (although I could imagine this is an issue to almost every city to some extent).