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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
    C
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C
  10. Health & Fitness
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B+
Winnetka is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 12,481. Winnetka is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Winnetka offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Winnetka there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Residents of Winnetka tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Winnetka are highly rated.
About Winnetka...
Population
12,481

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$1,076,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,810
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    11%
  • Own
    89%
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Winnetka 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
    8
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    16
    40.7
  • Robbery
    0
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    119.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    679
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    63.9
    284

Residents

Diversity
C
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    18%
  • 10-17 years
    15%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    6%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    17%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    48%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    42%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    6%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    3%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    1%
    13%

Working in Winnetka

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$220,577
National
$55,322
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Winnetka Reviews

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I grew up in Winnetka as did my mom. It’s a wonderful town. As kids and teens, we rode our bikes all over, and there are stop signs on every corner so kids can safely walk everywhere. There are lots of parks, activities at the Community House, and excelkent beach access. There are large beaches and small pocket beaches at the end of all East-West streets. Being literally in the shores of Lake Michigan is fantastic. There is a golf course, AC Nielson Tennis Courts, indoor skating and outdoor skating at town parks, swimming at New Trier. Lots of schools - public. Private, and two Parochial schools- all in town! Uptown Winnetka is great and so is Hubbard Woods. Three Metra train stops, which is terrific, Most towns on the North Shore Line only have one. Trains run below ground so it’s very safe. Easy access to Chicago, or by driving via Sheridan Rd to Lake Shore Drive or Edens expresssway. Lots of village traditions and a lovely library. Very pretty village and neighborhoods.
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Winnetka is a clean, respectable suburb just outside of Chicago. The amazing thing about Winnetka (aside from the optimal location just off Lake Michigan) is the people! Walking around the town, there is a positive atmosphere and everyone is willing to say "hello!"
Winnetka is the perfect place to raise a family, advance a career, or spend the rest of your life. If only the winters were more hospitable, but it's no more than 1/3 of the year!
The schools here are tops! New Trier is number six in IL and 38th in the nation. Metra train to the City is affordable and reliable. Neighborhoods are quiet, but full of family activities. And don't forget, Winnetka is on the North Shore, (the Left Coast of Lake Michigan some will say.)