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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
St. Charles is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 32,730. St. Charles is in Kane County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in St. Charles offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In St. Charles there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many young professionals live in St. Charles and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in St. Charles are highly rated.
About St. Charles...
Population
32,730

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$286,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,165
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    30%
  • Own
    70%
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St. Charles Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    137.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
    6.1
  • Rape
    9.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    18.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    94.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    680.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    42.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    17%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    18%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%

Working in St. Charles

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$90,883
National
$55,322
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Beautiful town right on the river, with lots of family friendly things to do and town events, including festivals, parades, craft shows, art shows, water shows and car shows. Great school district. Scenic bike/walking paths that boast the best views of the river, the town and nature. Has a really great, up-to-date library. There is a small theater that has the best local plays. Also the Arcada is a beautiful old movie theater, that now hosts great entertainers and bands. And right above the Arcada is an new Speak Easy lounge, that is an experience unto itself!
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I love the area St. Charles, IL that I live in. First off, St. Charles offers different kinds of living for all types of people. There are townhouses, houses crowded together, houses with lots of space, and apartments. Many towns around the world have limited living options, but St. Charles is open to most families with different incomes. Second, St. Charles has a wide variety of restaurants and shopping areas. My favorite is Downtown St. Charles. Downtown St. Charles offers various types of restaurants and dessert shops which you can eat at. I remember as a kid and now I go there ALL the time. The people in St. Charle are also very welcoming and kind which makes the experience much better.
With an amazing and booming downtown, the city of St. Charles has numerous activities for any kid, family, or adult to do. The town was rated #1 city for families in Family Circle's 2011 annual survey. Excellent education for students and many parks around town are perfect for the kids. The town has housing opportunities for all classes and job opportunities for anybody. St. Charles is also located in the perfect distance for day trips to Chicago, Lake Geneva, and the boarding states. I've lived here since I was in preschool. The town has a perfect friendly community for anyone and beautiful places to visit.