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
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$629,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$1,701
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    14%
  • Own
    86%

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
    15
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    7
    41
  • Robbery
    4
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    232
    525
  • Theft
    1,082
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    36
    263

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$132,110
National
$53,889
Children
24%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    47%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    5%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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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.
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The schools in the area are amazing. Plenty of educational opportunities are provided for students and many of the teachers are some of the best in the country. Most neighborhoods in Wilmette are very safe and the overall city is ideal for family life. Being within a 25 minute drive to downtown Chicago, there are a wide array of activities ti partake in and places to go. The largest, outstanding downside would be the lack of diversity in the area. Also, many residents have been moving out of the Northshore recently due to higher property taxes and relatively high costs of living. However, Wilmette is overall a great family environment and is a near-perfect place for those who wish to live life in the suburbs.
Wilmette is a great place to grow up and to raise a family. Very safe neighborhoods with great school districts and though the nightlife is lacking slightly, there are still great restaurants and local shops downtown. Wilmette is a great community built to support families. Many residents also grew up in Wilmette and are now raising their family there, so there is a very developed sense of belonging and community.