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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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Wilmette is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 27,367. Wilmette is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Wilmette offers residents a 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
27,367

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$636,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,713
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%
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Wilmette 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
    7
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    7
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    158
    500
  • Theft
    1,072
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    51
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$138,651
National
$55,322
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    47%
    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%
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Wilmette Reviews

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Excellent school system, very safe and beautiful neighborhood. Housing prices vary but are generally very expensive. If you can snag an apartment, especially in the downtown area, that’s great. Fantastic restaurants with a cozy atmosphere. Very very family friendly, many kids playing on lawns and such.
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I didn't realize how special Wilmette is until I started looking for a warmer version of it elsewhere. In East Wilmette you can walk to town, the lake, and see neighbors out all times of the day every day. True sense of community. The high school is tough. My daughter was fine there because she was a straight-A student (which only put her in the top 40% with the rest of the over-achievers). It's a hard place for an average student to feel good about themselves or give them a reason to strive to do better. Wilmette still feels urban but has the advantages of the suburbs, like a great school system. We also have a "downtown" which is not so easy to find in a suburb, but is a must for us. Wilmette is close to Chicago (1/2 hour to unlimited with traffic). Other than driving we have two ways to get into the city, via the CTA (last stop on the city subway/L system) or the commuter Metra train.
Wilmette is a quiet suburb just the perfect distance from the downtown Chicago area. Commute times can be long, given the traffic going into the city, but it is still very accessible. The public schools are top-notch, with highly qualified staff and abundant resource. However, housing, services, and typical living expenses can be hard to find and expensive.