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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  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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Wilmette is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 27,393. Wilmette is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Wilmette offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Wilmette there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many retirees live in Wilmette and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Wilmette are highly rated.
About Wilmette...
Population
27,393

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$659,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,509
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    12%
  • Own
    88%
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Wilmette 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
    7.3
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    7.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    157.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,071.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    51.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    16%
  • 18-24 years
    4%
  • 25-34 years
    4%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    48%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%

Working in Wilmette

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$148,678
National
$55,322

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Wilmette Reviews

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The public schools are fantastic! Neighbors are nice, and there's lot of basketball courts, and parks nearby.
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I have been looking for an apartment to rent (under $2,500) or a condominium to purchase (under $500,000) in Wilmette. While Wilmette is beautiful, I have found the housing choices disappointing and the real estate agents to be very dishonest. If you are looking to rent or buy, please keep a few things in mind.

1. The real estate agents will lie to you like I have never seen before. Don't trust anything a Wilmette realtor/rental agent tells you.

2. Finding a garage space is very hard unless you purchase in a very expensive building.

3. Crime - Wilmette looks safe, but there is identity theft, shoplifting, car break ins, home break ins and a few car jackings.

4. Flooding. There has been lots of flooding in Wilmette and Kenilworth and Winnetka lately - about 30% of homes have suffered water damage. Google flooding, Wilmette and you will see the stories.
Wilmette is a great village with a beautiful lakefront, friendly people and excellent schools. Everything is bike able and walkable; there is also excellent public transportation with the Metra serving downtown Chicago in 22 minutes.