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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  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+
West Chicago is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 27,328. West Chicago is in DuPage County. Living in West Chicago offers residents a dense 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 above average.
About West Chicago...
Population
27,328

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$243,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,077
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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West Chicago 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
    47.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    47.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    22.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    103
    500.1
  • Theft
    736
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    62.6
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    27%
    13%

Working in West Chicago

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$71,268
National
$55,322
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What I like about West Chicago is the small-town feel it gives off. The neighborhood I reside in is nice and quiet, but also friendly. The stores, for example the Cleaners or Aldi, always have kind employees who care about the customers. What I would like to see more of in West Chicago is bike paths and pretty landscape!
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Having grown up in West Chicago, I really appreciate the community. It is incredibly diverse, with many different perspectives to appreciate, with various community programs to encourage this type of sharing. The city is majority Hispanic, so a wealth of Spanish-speaking culture permeates the community. One of the best things about West Chicago is the dual-language program in some of its elementary and middle schools. If you want your child to become fluent in both English and Spanish, it is a great option.
This town doesn't receive the best reputation because of the other towns within the near radius. West Chicago brings together all people across different races, religions, and languages in a seamless integration. This town taught me what it means to be a black woman in the world, and how to maneuver with grace and poise, but how to be humble and find humility in helping those around me - no matter where I am in the world. West Chicago deserves to be up there with Naperville and Wheaton, but tends to be stepped on due to the lack of state funding and other schools recruiting students from our town to private schools. This town creates great leaders, parents, CEOs, service folks, athletes, educators, and everything in between.