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  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+
Wilmette is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 27,419. 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
27,419

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$680,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,639
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    13%
  • Own
    87%
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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
    22
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    7.3
    40.7
  • Robbery
    3.7
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    117.3
    500.1
  • Theft
    663.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    25.7
    284

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    16%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 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
    49%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    33%
    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
$154,738
National
$55,322

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Wilmette Reviews

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A very safe and welcoming town! The food selection is wonderful and everything is family owned. Our neighbors are willing to help out whenever on the NextDoor app with anything from babysitting to job opportunities to fixing a leaky faucet! The village is kept and very welcoming, there are many nearby site-attractions and parks for family-friendly fun!
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Wilmette is a part of the North Shore which means its a highly desirable place. It's expensive-- but so worth it. You have access to the private beaches for the Lake in Wilmette which have all sorts of activities from the boats at the Marina to paddle boarding and sailing. The town and its quaint neighborhoods especially on the East side will remind you of New England. Great families who participate in their kids' activities as well as support one another. New Trier is the primary secondary school and is ranked as one of the best in the State. Loyola Academy offers great education for a private school. The closeness to the city makes it very appealing. Honestly you can take a handful of streets to get into Chicago proper. Really can't think of another place other than Winnetka that can beat Wilmette for its environment, charming appeal, beautiful housing and of course the access to the Lake. One of a kind.
My wife and I relocated to Wilmette from Chicago's West Loop neighborhood shortly before we began having [our three] kids in 2012. The main draws were the highly-rated public schools, proximity to Lake Michigan, low crime rate, and the abundance of parks. Having become hardened by 12 years of City life, we were initially shocked by the level of friendliness of our neighbors (many of whom stopped by our new home to introduce themselves and offer welcoming gifts!). We feel incredibly fortunate to be raising our children in such a safe and welcoming community.