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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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West Chicago is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 27,420. West Chicago is in DuPage County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in West Chicago offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In West Chicago there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families and young professionals live in West Chicago and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in West Chicago are highly rated.
About West Chicago...
Population
27,420

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$239,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,042
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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West Chicago Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    44
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    26
    41
  • Robbery
    33
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    187
    500
  • Theft
    911
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    55
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$71,520
National
$55,322
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    25%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    29%
    13%
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West Chicago is actually about 40 miles west of the city of Chicago. So it's not literally the "west side of Chicago" but a far west suburb. It's fine for raising your kids, with plenty of sports, parks, and things to do, but worlds apart from the city of Chicago when it comes to "things to do". So overall, not a bad place to grow up...just be sure to take the train to the city for things to do!
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West Chicago is a suburban neighborhood with a diverse racial and cultural population. It is a safe neighborhood with good public schools, library, parks and recreational centers beneficial for the thriving communities.
West Chicago has the potential to be a very cute town with a booming downtown area, but unfortunately, it can't seem to get itself together. Recently there has been improvement within the community with more small businesses opening and better local hangouts but there is still lots to be fixed.