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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Prospect Heights is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 16,345. Prospect Heights is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Prospect Heights offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Prospect Heights there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Prospect Heights and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Prospect Heights are highly rated.
About Prospect Heights...
Population
16,345

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$266,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$982
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Prospect Heights 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
    105.2
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    30.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    68
    500.1
  • Theft
    377.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    61.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    13%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    25%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Prospect Heights

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$60,929
National
$55,322
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Prospect Heights Reviews

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I grew up in Prospect Heights and now I have my own place with my kids. The schools are getting better. The district is very diverse, they teach in different languages. The elementary school is currently getting upgrades. It is safe and family friendly, everyday you see people on Old Willow riding bikes together or walking together, even at night. It is a small town with very few stores. One thing I would like to see about Prospect Heights is more stores, job opportunities, restaurants, for it to be modernized.
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I grew up in Prospect Heights and I think it is a very good area to live in. There are a lot of parks and a long bike trail, and it is pretty close to Lake Arlington. Prospect Heights is in District 214 which has excellent high schools, and the public schools around here are excellent. From where I live, there are plenty of stores that are not too far away, such as Walgreens, Costco, and there is a Prospect Heights library as well that provides a lot of services beyond checking out books, such as getting a passport or US citizenship. However, one issue that I would like to be addressed is litter. I come across a lot of litter when I go on walks, and it can be seen when walking on Elmhurst road. With concerns about the environment increasing I would like to see an increased effort to combat litter so it does not contaminate the environment we live in.
Great small town that is underrated. Most of the people dont count Prospect Heights as a best neighborhood because Piper, one of the most criminal zone in the area, but they dont undertand that Piper is the only small part of Prospect Heights. I never heard of anyone getting shot or mugged in prospect years in the past of years. Everyone should stop listening to rumors and come visit this small but charming town!