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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    A-
Western Springs is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 13,227. Western Springs is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Western Springs offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Western Springs there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Residents of Western Springs tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Western Springs are highly rated.
About Western Springs...
Population
13,227

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$590,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,941
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    4%
  • Own
    96%
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Western Springs 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
    22.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    104
    500.1
  • Theft
    832.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    37.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    15%
  • 18-24 years
    4%
  • 25-34 years
    5%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    35%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    43%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    6%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%

Working in Western Springs

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$161,563
National
$55,322

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Western Springs Reviews

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Great area! Wonderful neighbors, nice train station and beautiful parks and great curb appeal. Good schools in the district as well.
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Blast from past. After my parents divorced, in 58', when I was 6, my mom and I moved into my grandparent's house, on Grove Ave., near Bemis woods. I lived there until 64'. Besides those being "simpler" times, I loved it in WS and it was like growing up in Leave It To Beaver ville, shielded from some of the harsher realities in the world. When I went back there around 2008, for my Uncle's service, I went for a long walk in the neighborhood and was amazed at how big the trees had gotten. :) I took a lot of pictures with my digital camera including over at my old grade school, Laidlaw. Well, someone called the police and the officer politely inquired about what I was doing and asked to look at the pictures I'd been taking. I complied and then he was on his way. He appeared to be about 17 years old and it was pretty funny. Still a safe town, it seemed, and a beautiful area in pockets of storminess.
I grew up in Western Springs and I love the location. I can easily go up north, south, and enter the city within a reasonable distance. I love the little downtown area because it feels like you're in one of those small towns you find in movies. The only downside is that the downtown area closes fairly early so I wish there were a few stores open later. Other than that, I feel safe in my town. I can go out and ride my bike anywhere and anytime and I've felt like my neighbors have all been very friendly and have been able to build strong relationships with some of them.