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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Vernon Hills is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 26,259. Vernon Hills is in Lake County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Vernon Hills offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Vernon Hills there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Vernon Hills and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Vernon Hills are highly rated.
About Vernon Hills...
Population
26,259

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$341,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,589
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Vernon Hills 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
    15.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    15.1
    40.7
  • Robbery
    26.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    75.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,025.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    15.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    15%
  • 45-54 years
    15%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    25%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    39%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    20%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Vernon Hills

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$97,366
National
$55,322
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Vernon Hills Reviews

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Vernon Hills is a shopping mecca in the northern suburbs of Chicago. With easy access to the interstate, we have stores and restaurants galore and all the traffic that goes with it. It would be nice to see some farm-to-table dining rather than chain restaurants. We have Whole Foods, Target, Walmart, etc. Our indoor mall will be revamped in the coming years. Our high school is fantastic, but our elementary and middle schools are sub-par (different districts). The teens are bored around here. There needs to be better entertainment. We have very little crime. The real estate doesn't move because of high taxes, including recent funding for our poorly managed District 73. But the people are close and have a kind of Friday Night Lights feel as high school and community sports are a thing!
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It's boring here. Everybody knows everyone's business. And it has a Friday Night Lights mixed w/ wanna be the north-shore vibe. Friday night football is a thing as is dining out and drinks with friends. The mall is dead. We have mattress and hardware stores everywhere (it's a community joke), with excessive grocery stores being built now. We have Marianos, Trader Joes, Aldi, Whole Foods and Jewel-Osco all on the same damn road withing 5 min. of each other. If you CrossFit (and post your workout on Facebook), follow the Keto, Low-carb or Food Fuels diet, have blond hair, and wear designer jeans, you'll fit right in. Oh, and district 73 is awful but district 128 is stellar, mostly.
My Children and I have been residents for 11 years now. By us being multi-cultural, it's a nice diverse community... safe , with excellent school districts, plenty of parks, bike/ walking trails, and a big variety of shopping... the 2 biggest downsides is housing. It's too expensive... due to the high property taxes! Plenty of nature... and because of that a lot of "road kill". Skunks are a big problem here so be cautious late night/ early morning!