Cook County, Illinois - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Population
    5,227,827
  • Population Density
    3,188 people/sq.mi.
  • Size
    1,635 sq.mi.
Cook County is in Illinois and has 5,227,827 residents. It has average home values, average rent costs, and high unemployment levels. Its citizens generally have high education levels and average income levels.

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Cities

Niche Grade Name Population
3.66 Chicago 2,712,608
Wheeling Township 154,804
Worth Township 153,368
3.33 Proviso Township 152,199
4.00 Maine Township 136,634
Schaumburg Township 132,218
Palatine Township 113,776
Lyons Township 112,706
3.00 Bremen Township 110,839
3.00 Elgin 110,906
Niles Township 106,409
3.33 Hanover Township 100,472
3.66 Orland Township 98,807
4.00 Elk Grove Township 93,301
3.33 Leyden Township 93,257
2.66 Bloom Township 91,467
Northfield Township 85,965
2.00 Cicero 84,423
2.66 Rich Township 77,126
4.00 Arlington Heights 75,577
4.00 Evanston 75,282
4.00 Schaumburg 74,560
4.00 Palatine 69,015
4.00 Skokie 65,056
4.00 Des Plaines 58,802
3.66 Orland Park 57,802
3.33 Tinley Park 57,099
3.00 Oak Lawn 56,969
2.33 Berwyn 56,762
4.00 New Trier Township 56,007
3.33 Palos Township 54,919
4.00 Mount Prospect 54,589
4.00 Hoffman Estates 52,271
4.00 Oak Park 51,988
4.00 Glenview 45,400
4.33 Buffalo Grove 41,613
3.33 Bartlett 41,529
Stickney Township 40,990
3.00 Streamwood 40,746
3.33 Hanover Park 38,302
4.00 Wheeling 37,886
3.66 Park Ridge 37,511
2.00 Calumet City 37,197
4.33 Northbrook 33,396
4.00 Elk Grove Village 33,288
2.33 Chicago Heights 30,410
3.33 Niles 29,939
2.66 Burbank 29,097
2.66 Lansing 28,486
2.66 Oak Forest 28,104
4.00 Wilmette 27,345
3.00 Norwood Park Township 26,510
2.66 Melrose Park 25,514
3.00 Elmwood Park 24,960
1.66 Harvey 25,225
2.00 Maywood 24,148
3.66 Rolling Meadows 23,646
2.66 Blue Island 23,453
4.00 Morton Grove 23,424
1.66 Dolton 23,262
3.66 Roselle 22,951
3.00 Park Forest 22,490
2.00 South Holland 22,123
Lemont Township 21,429
2.33 Calumet Township 20,898
3.66 Homewood 19,642
3.33 Evergreen Park 19,924
3.00 Alsip 19,385
2.00 Bellwood 19,149
3.66 Brookfield 19,022
2.33 Matteson 19,097
3.00 Bensenville 18,457
4.00 Deerfield 18,476
3.33 Franklin Park 18,389
3.66 Frankfort 18,100
3.00 Palos Hills 17,584
3.00 Westchester 16,786
2.00 Country Club Hills 16,752
4.33 Hinsdale 16,898
2.66 Bridgeview 16,550
3.66 Prospect Heights 16,344
3.00 Lemont 16,376
Barrington Township 15,827
4.00 La Grange 15,675
3.00 Midlothian 14,901
2.66 Norridge 14,713
3.00 Hickory Hills 14,117
3.00 Chicago Ridge 14,410
2.33 Hazel Crest 14,102
3.33 Forest Park 14,202
2.33 Richton Park 13,718
3.66 La Grange Park 13,624
2.00 Riverdale 13,278
4.00 Western Springs 13,066
2.66 Justice 13,001
4.00 Lincolnwood 12,653
1.66 Markham 12,625
3.00 Palos Heights 12,572
3.00 Northlake 12,368
4.33 Winnetka 12,366
3.00 Schiller Park 11,842
3.00 Summit 11,367
3.66 River Forest 11,211
3.00 Crestwood 11,006
2.66 Worth 10,827
4.00 Barrington 10,830
3.00 Lyons 10,667
3.66 Burr Ridge 10,678
1.66 Sauk Village 10,545
3.00 River Grove 10,268
2.33 Steger 9,569
4.00 Flossmoor 9,339
3.00 Lynwood 9,260
4.00 Riverside 8,915
3.00 Glenwood 9,040
4.33 Glencoe 8,824
2.66 Harwood Heights 8,656
2.66 Hillside 8,192
2.00 Calumet Park 8,189
2.66 Broadview 7,956
3.66 Inverness 7,516
3.33 Orland Hills 7,252
3.33 North Riverside 6,940
2.00 Stickney 6,810
1.66 Posen 5,934
3.66 Countryside 5,974
3.00 Willow Springs 5,692
2.66 Berkeley 5,219
3.66 Northfield 5,332
2.00 Robbins 5,221
1.66 Stone Park 4,959
2.66 Palos Park 4,919
2.66 Olympia Fields 5,022
4.33 South Barrington 4,811
2.33 Hometown 4,358
2.00 Burnham 4,225
2.00 South Chicago Heights 4,164
3.00 Rosemont 4,043
4.00 Indian Head Park 3,837
3.33 Barrington Hills 3,653
2.33 Dixmoor 3,635
3.33 East Dundee 3,003
2.33 Thornton 2,826
3.66 Kenilworth 2,648
1.66 Ford Heights 2,777
4.33 Hodgkins 2,185
1.66 Phoenix 2,143
2.33 Merrionette Park 1,748
3.00 East Hazel Crest 1,652
2.66 Forest View 774
2.66 Bedford Park 604
3.00 Golf 490
3.00 McCook 212

Nearby Counties

Niche Grade Name Population
4.00 DuPage County 926,485
3.33 Lake County 703,170
2.66 Will County 682,108
3.00 Kane County 521,874
2.66 McHenry County 307,888
2.66 Lake County 493,140
3.33 Porter County 165,819
3.00 Berrien County 155,992

Top Public Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
4.33 Walter Payton College Prep Public, Magnet, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Young Magnet High School Public, Magnet, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
4.33 Northside College Preparatory High School Public, Magnet, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Glenbrook North High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Glenbrook South High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 New Trier Township High School Public, Coed 10-12 High
4.33 Hinsdale Central High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
Madison Elementary School Public, Coed PK, K-2 Pre-K, Elementary
4.33 Evanston Township High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 William Fremd High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Barrington High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Lane Tech College Prep High School Public, Magnet, Coed 7-12 Middle, High
4.33 Barrington Middle School - Station Campus Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
4.33 Barbara B. Rose Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.33 Countryside Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.00 Avoca West Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.33 Barrington Middle School - Prairie Campus Public, Coed 6-8 Middle
4.33 Grove Avenue Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.00 Dr. Bessie Rhodes Magnet School Public, Magnet, Coed K-8 Elementary, Middle
4.33 John Hersey High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Lyons Township High School Public, Coed 9-12 High
4.33 Arnett C. Lines Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
3.66 Dewey Elementary School Public, Coed K-5 Elementary
4.33 Jones College Prep High School Public, Magnet, Coed 9-12 High
4.00 Marie Murphy School Public, Coed PK, 6-8 Pre-K, Middle

Top Private Schools

Niche Grade Name Type Grades Grade Level
Ravenswood Baptist Christian School Private, Religious, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 The Latin School of Chicago Private, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Larkin Center School Private, Special Education, Coed 1-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Parkview Baptist Academy Private, Religious, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Gah Dillard Harris Educational Center Private, Special Education, Coed 6-12 Middle, High
4.33 University of Chicago Lab School Private, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.33 Lake Forest Academy Private, Boarding, Coed 9-12 High
Marklund Day School Private, Special Education, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Lutherbrook Academy Private, Special Education, Coed 2-12 Elementary, Middle, High
3.00 Calumet Christian School Private, Religious, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
4.00 Morgan Park Academy Private, Coed PK, K-12 Pre-K, Elementary, Middle, High
Lydia Urban Academy Private, Alternative, Religious, Coed 9-11 High
Jewish Children's Bureau School Private, Religious, Special Education, Coed 1-12 Elementary, Middle, High
Thresholds High School Private, Special Education, Coed 10-12 High
Lieutenant Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. School Private, Religious, Special Education, Coed 5-12 Middle, High
4.33 Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Private, Boarding, Religious, All-Girls 9-12 High
4.00 St. Ignatius College Preparatory School Private, Religious, Coed 9-12 High
Esperanza School Private, Special Education, Coed 3-12 Elementary, Middle, High

Top Colleges

Niche Grade Name
University of Chicago
Northwestern University
Wheaton College - Illinois
VanderCook College of Music
Moody Bible Institute
DePaul University
North Central College
Lake Forest College
University of Illinois at Chicago
Illinois Institute of Technology
North Park University
Loyola University Chicago
University of St. Francis - Illinois
Elmhurst College
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Roosevelt University
Lewis University
Olivet Nazarene University
Valparaiso University
Saint Xavier University
Columbia College Chicago
Concordia University Chicago
Trinity Christian College
Judson University
Purdue University - Calumet

Around Cook

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Demographics

Racial Diversity

Cook County United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area
White 43.36% 63.25% 62.85% 54.70%
Hispanic 24.51% 16.62% 16.28% 20.94%
African American 23.88% 12.23% 14.16% 16.87%
Asian 6.56% 4.83% 4.84% 5.77%
Multiracial 1.43% 2.05% 1.60% 1.45%
Other 0.14% 0.19% 0.13% 0.15%
Native American 0.11% 0.66% 0.11% 0.11%
Pacific Islander 0.01% 0.16% 0.02% 0.02%

Age

Cook County United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area
9 years and under 13% 13% 13% 13%
10 to 17 years 10% 11% 11% 11%
18 to 24 years 10% 10% 10% 9%
25 to 34 years 16% 13% 14% 14%
35 to 44 years 14% 13% 13% 14%
45 to 54 years 13% 14% 14% 14%
55 to 64 years 12% 12% 12% 11%
65 and over 12% 13% 13% 12%

Education Levels

Cook County United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area
Less than a high school diploma 15% 14% 12% 13%
High school diploma or equivalent 24% 28% 27% 25%
Some college or associate degree 25% 29% 29% 27%
Bachelor's degree 21% 18% 20% 21%
Master's degree or higher 14% 11% 12% 13%

Gender

Cook County United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area
Female 51.6% 50.8% 50.9% 51.1%
Male 48.4% 49.2% 49.1% 48.9%

Housing

Rent vs. Own

Cook County United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area
Own 57.6% 64.9% 66.9% 66.0%
Rent 42.4% 35.1% 33.1% 34.0%

Crime Rates

Annual Violent Crimes (per 100,000)

Cook County United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area
Assault 296.1 264.1 245.1 68.1
Murder 9.6 5.2 6.2 7.1
Rape 35.6 36.8 34.2
Robbery 237.3 135.0 145.4 187.3

Annual Property Crimes (per 100,000)

Cook County United States Illinois Chicago Metro Area
Burglary 444.3 575.0 410.9 439.9
Larceny 1901.9 2114.0 1722.0 1806.4
Motor vehicle theft 256.1 257.3 157.4 220.7

Income

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High Avg. Low
31°
17°
35°
20°
46°
29°
59°
40°
70°
50°
80°
60°
84°
65°
82°
64°
75°
55°
63°
44°
48°
33°
35°
21°
Precipitation
1.9"
1.9"
2.6"
3.6"
4.1"
4.0"
4.1"
4.4"
3.3"
3.2"
3.3"
2.5"
Snowfall
10.8"
8.7"
5.1"
0.9"
0.0"
0"
0"
0"
0"
0.1"
1.2"
7.7"

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
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    Avg. High Avg. Low

  • 31°
    17°
  • 35°
    20°
  • 46°
    29°
  • 59°
    40°
  • 70°
    50°
  • 80°
    60°
  • 84°
    65°
  • 82°
    64°
  • 75°
    55°
  • 63°
    44°
  • 48°
    33°
  • 35°
    21°

    Precipitation

  • 1.9"
  • 1.9"
  • 2.6"
  • 3.6"
  • 4.1"
  • 4.0"
  • 4.1"
  • 4.4"
  • 3.3"
  • 3.2"
  • 3.3"
  • 2.5"

    Snowfall

  • 10.8"
  • 8.7"
  • 5.1"
  • 0.9"
  • 0.0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.1"
  • 1.2"
  • 7.7"

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

    Avg. Temps

  • 31°
    17°
  • 35°
    20°
  • 46°
    29°
  • 59°
    40°
  • 70°
    50°
  • 80°
    60°
  • 84°
    65°
  • 82°
    64°
  • 75°
    55°
  • 63°
    44°
  • 48°
    33°
  • 35°
    21°

    Precipitation

  • 1.9"
  • 1.9"
  • 2.6"
  • 3.6"
  • 4.1"
  • 4.0"
  • 4.1"
  • 4.4"
  • 3.3"
  • 3.2"
  • 3.3"
  • 2.5"

    Snowfall

  • 10.8"
  • 8.7"
  • 5.1"
  • 0.9"
  • 0.0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0"
  • 0.1"
  • 1.2"
  • 7.7"

Resident Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still choose to live in this area?     Based on 343 responses

  • 58% Yes
  • 25% Not sure
  • 17% No

Rate the public services in this area:     Based on 518 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Emergency medical services
  • Animal control services
  • Street repair/maintenance
  • Trash/recycling collection
  • Snow removal
  • Public transportation
  • Public recreation facilities
  • Park maintenance
  • Public libraries
  • Community education

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about houses in this area?     Based on 515 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Most properties are well-maintained (e.g. landscaping, painting, shoveling)
  • Most properties have large lawns and/or gardens.
  • Most properties have driveways.
  • Most properties have garages.
  • Most of the houses look the same and have a similar layout.
  • Most of the houses are built close together with little space between them.

In which direction are these things in this area generally going?     Based on 566 responses

Getting worse
Getting better
  • Schools/education
  • Crime/safety
  • Employment/jobs
  • Home values
  • Local government
  • New residents moving in
  • New businesses/restaurants opening
  • Overall quality of life

How noisy is the area where you live?     Based on 515 responses

  • 12% It is very quiet and peaceful. There aren't many cars or trains to speak of.
  • 46% It is pretty quiet. Cars pass by regularly, but it isn't disruptive.
  • 33% There are moments of loud noise. Sometimes you hear traffic or emergency vehicles, but it is bearable.
  • 9% Loud noises are very common. Traffic, trains, pedestrians, and emergency vehicles are everywhere.

How accepting are others who live in this area toward minorities (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 203 responses

  • 53% Very accepting.
  • 38% Most people are accepting, except for a few cases of intolerance.
  • 8% The area is split on its acceptance, quite a few minority groups are not well accepted.
  • 1% Not accepting. It's hard to be a minority in this area.

How safe do you feel in this area?     Based on 617 responses

  • 22% Very safe. There is really no crime to speak of.
  • 50% Pretty safe. There is some crime, but it doesn't impact me much.
  • 23% Somewhat safe. There is noticeable crime, and there are times I don't feel safe.
  • 6% Not safe. There is a lot of crime, and I regularly don't feel safe.

What is your overall opinion of this area?     Based on 220 responses

  • 17% I love everything about it.
  • 52% I like mostly everything about this area, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 26% This area is okay. There are a lot of things I wish were different.
  • 5% I hate this area.

Rate the quality and ease of access to the following attractions in this area:     Based on 289 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Museums
  • Art galleries
  • Performance venues
  • Professional sport venues
  • Movie theaters
  • Zoos
  • Amusement parks
  • Parks and natural attractions
  • Historical landmarks/monuments