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Winnetka is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 12,437. Winnetka is in Cook County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Winnetka offers residents a 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
12,437

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$989,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,627
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    12%
  • Own
    88%
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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
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    48
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    8
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    137
    500
  • Theft
    900
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    120
    284
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Residents

Diversity
C
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$207,857
National
$55,322
Children
28%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    47%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    41%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    7%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    4%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2%
    13%
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Winnetka Reviews

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A beautiful suburb with a very walkable “town”. The people are generally social-climbers (a lot of new money), and lack manners and decorum. Of course there are lovely people, too, just have to seek them out. I’m stunned that the crime ranking is not higher, and that burglary is ranked at “0”. There is a well known, and much talked about, issue with gangs coming up from the city and raiding unlocked vehicles (some with keys in them!) and homes. I do feel generally safe, but also keep things locked. The schools boast about their “Progressive Ed” which is lovely, by the reality is that children are not adequately prepared once they reach the high school, which draws children from neighboring towns. If you move, your child will likely benefit from repeating a grade as they will be unprepared against national schools. If you intend to live here throughout your children’s education, they may be okay.
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Family friendly with great amenities and big city quality events. Park district is great - ice arena, play fields, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, par 3 and 18 hole golf course are in one area across the street from the middle schools. Better restaurants are taking hold, more development coming in. First music festival was a great hit this summer. Nielson Challenger tennis tournament is high quality event.
Being a suburb with the majority of residents being in the top 1% financially, things are very nice in the area. A downside is that there definitely are people and places that give off a pretentious air. I personally do not fall in that financial bracket (or close to it) but that has effected me very little socially. I feel very lucky to live in this area.