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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B-
Zion is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 24,157. Zion is in Lake County. Living in Zion offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Zion there are a lot of parks. Many families live in Zion and residents tend to lean liberal.
About Zion...
Population
24,157

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$115,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$972
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Zion Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    263.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    16.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    150.7
    40.7
  • Robbery
    188.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    540.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,315.3
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    163.3
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    16%
  • 10-17 years
    14%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    11%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    4%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    11%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    37%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

Working in Zion

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$44,885
National
$55,322
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Zion Reviews

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Besides it's location (commute Wisconsin/Chicago), Zion's humble conservative charm is lost. Homeowners (those that are left) are hard-pressed to maintain their properties. . .higher than average property taxes, criminal damage, poor landlord regulations as there are numerous apartment complexes, and above all, law enforcement is unable to keep up with the crime committed by Chicago's projects former residents. We used to feel safe here. Now, as seniors, we seriously need to move. Zion is no longer a safe friendly wholesome little city.
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Zion was my home for 19 years until I moved on January 2019. Theres a reason people say, "You don't know what you have until you lose it", this could not be more true for how I fell after leaving. It was a quiet town that it connected to many other cities like Gurnee and Winthrop Harbor. It is also extremely close to Chicago which makes frequent visits there possible. The people are friendly and Zion Benton Township High School is excellent. It offers many AP classes with great teachers leading them. In the summer they host a car show where various cars are put in exhibition for three days. They will also put up a lot of stands with tacos, hamburgers, funnel cakes and other foods.Overall I think its a great place and would recommend people look into it.
Zion, Illinois, is a small and humble town. The people are friendly and understanding, possibly from it being a semi-military town. It is only three miles at most from Lake Michigan, where many people of all ages will spend their afternoons. The public spaces are well kept, with the Zion Public Library in particular giving many happy childhood memories. While the people have many difference, the work together to overcome them. The housing ranges from cute trailers to four bedroom ranches, showing the wide varieties of lifestyles that can be found here. Overall, this town is just what you choose to make of it. Any life can be lived, as long as you yourself are up to it.