Chicago

293 reviews
  1. City in Illinois
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Real Estate
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$225,700
National
$176,700
Median Rent
$963
National
$904
Area Feel
Urban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    55%
  • Own
    45%
  • Public Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Colleges

    Crime & Safety

    Crime & Safety
    C
    Based on violent and property crime rates.
    Violent Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Assault
      460
      264
    • Murder
      15
      5
    • Rape
      49
      37
    • Robbery
      360
      135
    Property Crimes
    • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
    National
    • Burglary
      534
      575
    • Theft
      2,225
      2,114
    • Motor Vehicle Theft
      368
      257

    Residents

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
    Median Household Income
    $47,831
    National
    $53,046
    Children
    19%
    Education Levels
    National
    • Master's degree or higher
      14%
      11%
    • Bachelor's degree
      21%
      18%
    • Some college or associate's degree
      23%
      29%
    • High school diploma or equivalent
      23%
      28%
    • Less than high school diploma
      18%
      14%

    Reviews

    293 reviews
    • Excellent
      115
    • Very Good
      112
    • Average
      51
    • Poor
      12
    • Terrible
      3
    Chicago is rich with diversity and fun activities that the whole family can enjoy year round. I am a Chicago native and mother of five who was raised frequenting the many park districts for barbecues, birthday parties, and just for play as a child and now with my children. I have visited our zoos and museums on many occasions throughout the course of my life. Also we have the best fast food and carryout restaurants in the country right here in Chicago, from Chinatown's Chinese restaurants, Greek town's gyros, Maxwell Street's polishes, right down to our many rivaling authentic pizzeria's we have the best food! All of our sport's teams have won championships! Chicago is my kind of town!
    • Current Resident
    • 6 days ago
    Chicago is an amazing city. Anything you might like doing with your life - you will find where to and with whom in Chicago. Any food, any activity, any style, anything. The way you look, the way you think, the way you talk, with accent or without - you won't be picked on in Chicago because its main characteristic is diversity. This applies not only to people, neighborhoods and cuisine but also the weather. And while the winters of Chicago are rather famous for the coldness, wind and snow, the summers here might surprise with the hotness and humidity. But hey, you can surf here! Who would think, right?
    • Current Resident
    • 14 days ago
    I love Chicago! It's a great diverse city with awesome food and spectacular architecture. There is so much culture in the city and many activities to take part in. For example, there are jazz festivals, great museums and so much more. Commute time isn't bad at all. I've found that if you give yourself enough time to get to your destination then you'll be fine. As far as safety goes, I live downtown, so I thankfully haven't had any issues. However, just like anywhere else, you must be sure to take proper precautions and always be aware of your surroundings. Other than that, I love my city.
    • Current Resident
    • 13 days ago