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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Willow Springs is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 5,677. Willow Springs is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Willow Springs offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Willow Springs there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many young professionals live in Willow Springs and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Willow Springs are highly rated.
About Willow Springs...
Population
5,677

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$339,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,079
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    16%
  • Own
    84%
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Willow Springs 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
    17.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    53.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    265.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    17.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    21%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    26%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Willow Springs

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$92,031
National
$55,322
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Willow Springs Reviews

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I grew up in the neighboring towns of Willow Springs. My friends and I only drove through the town occasionally during high school. Mostly likely to get the infamous Tropical Snow or just cruise through the forest preserves. I always thought it was very interesting, quiet, and to be honest a little eerie.
I had heard all the stories about Chicago's most wanted man, Al Capone and his ties with Willow Springs. I was also very farmiliar with the famous "scary story" about Resurrection Mary and how she walks the Archer Avenue at night. Yet still 5 years after graduating high school I decided to purchase my first home in Willow Springs.
Despite all the stories and feelings I had about the small town, I decided to purchase my first home here. I love it. It has been just as quiet as I expected it to be and not only that, but my neighbors are extremely friendly. Although at first it was, like I said, very eerie. I have grown very comfortable with my new town and have no plans of moving!
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My upbringing in this area has overall been excellent. I love the friendliness of neighbors, the willingness of those around us to help out in times of hardship and how everyone looks out for each other within the community; especially when it comes to keeping children in the area safe. There is always open communication of ongoing issues in the area, and all in all I have a lot of trust and faith in this community. The schooling systems were challenging but not overly so, and instructors were great. One of the main changes I would love to see in the area is the addition of sidewalks to further improve pedestrian safety, there are quite a few areas without sidewalks around my home.
I moved to Willow Springs, Il from Brookfield, Il in November of 2013. The cost of living is quite affordable. Less than $4000 a year for taxes is incredible for a safe area that is also less than 25 minutes from downtown Chicago.

The town has an outskirts feel to it because it is bordered by 1,000s pf trees that are a part of the Illinois forest reserve. These forests include bike and hiking trails. In the middle of these forests are fresh water lakes.

The Chicago Metra train system also runs through town. The tracks border the Des Plaines River and the I&M canal. Both of which you will often see people fishing.

There isn't a ton of commerce or job opportunities in town; however we are close to other major suburbs like Orland Park and Oak Brook.

All in all, Willow Springs is a pretty quiet, affordable and safe town that is very 25 minutes from rural and/or city living.

Thank you,