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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Whiting is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 4,845. Whiting is in Lake County. Living in Whiting offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Whiting there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families live in Whiting and residents tend to have moderate political views.
About Whiting...
Population
4,845

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$126,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$828
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    39%
  • Own
    61%
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Whiting 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
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    83.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    20.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    20.8
    40.7
  • Robbery
    145.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    124.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,748.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    312.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    14%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    12%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    23%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    45%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    15%
    13%

Working in Whiting

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$48,488
National
$55,322
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Whiting Reviews

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Whiting is a great little town because it has such a small safe community filled with friendly people! We’re right by the lake so during the summer there’s always lots of fun outdoor activities to do. BP is right by here so it is a little smelly and polluted but there are lots of programs and resources to keep the area clean like the environmental center. Whiting itself may not have too many jobs but it’s right by Chicago and affordable to live here so many people commute there!
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Whiting has all the big city feel without the traffic, taxes or crime. Nestled on Lake Michigan just southeast Of Chicago, the charming town makes commuting easy and living very affordable.. The public schools are rated A schools by the state and the safety of the town makes living here ideal.
I went to Whiting High School. An acquaintance of mine went to Clark, and both experiences were poor, unenriched, and ill-suited for bright students. Both my youger siblings and I had a problem with bullies/immature classmates.
The town itself was very friendly. There are many small businesses that I'm very fond of; the sense of community is very strong. Stores are easily accessible by car or on foot. Police patrol very frequently and the town keeps itself very clean. Residents are mostly Polish- or Czech-descended White and Puerto Rican- or Mexican Latinos.
If I had to list a single problem, it'd be the abundance of teen-agers.

In short, you have a warm, cozy town where everyone knows each other.