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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B+
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+

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%

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
    18
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    7
    41
  • Robbery
    11
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    186
    500
  • Theft
    895
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    40
    284

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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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.
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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.
Growing up in the inclusive, generous small town of Wilmette, IL, I saw the value of community from a young age. Most of the families have lived here for generations, and people move to Wilmette to stay, so it is very family-centric. Because of this, the village has a long tradition of citizen involvement in public life, and there are a wide range of charitable and civic organizations and clubs. Anytime there is a crisis, the community rallies together to help their fellow citizens. Neighbors don’t hesitate to help you carry your groceries or bring in the newspaper when you’re on vacation. The village thrives because everyone feels ownership towards their neighborhoods and responsibility for their community.