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How do you get your hands on one of Chicago's best neighborhoods? HomeSnacks has the answer here.
We know that when people are searching for the best neighborhood they are also looking for things like nice looking homes, great parks, and friendly neighbors; and Chicago's best neighborhoods have all that and then some. But, in order to rank the top ten, we had to give each neighborhood an actual concrete score. We call this a neighborhoods overall 'snackability'.
So, how did we determine Chicago's snackability? We consulted the latest data on income levels, unemployment rates, crime, and home prices for 77 Chicago neighborhoods with over 2,000 residents, and the top ten best neighborhoods in Chi-town for 2021 can be found below. Incidentally, this is our seventh time ranking Chicago's best neighborhoods, so trust us when we say that these are Chicago's best of the best.
Folks, there's a lot of fun to be had in Chicago's best neighborhoods. For example, you can walk Lake Michigan's shoreline for exercise if you choose to live in Lake View, you can visit the zoo daily if you choose Lincoln Park, and you can attend one of Chicago's best festivals if you choose to live in Edison Park.
Yes, the biggest cities in most states do tend to have the most problems; and while Chicago does have its fair share of problems and some pretty dangerous neighborhoods, it does have some of the best, most unique, neighborhoods to call home.
So, grab yourself a slice of deep dish 'za, head to a shady park in Forest Glen, and read on.
HomeSnacks is not your just your average website. We've been researching and ranking states and cities based on all types of criteria for the last five years. We've had more than 50 million people read our published articles and we've been featured in hundreds of media outlets for our best of the best rankings, including this Illinois feature by Patch.com. So, yes, we know what we're talking about.
So, what's the best neighborhood in Chicago for 2021? That would be North Center.
To see how your favorite Chicagoland neighborhoods compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.
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The 10 Best Neighborhoods To Live In Chicago
How We Determined The Best Chicago, IL Neighborhoods In 2021
In order to rank the best neighborhoods in Chicago, we had to determine what criteria defines a "best".
- High incomes
- Low unemployment rates
- Low crime
- High home prices
- High population densities (A proxy for things to do)
We then ranked each neighborhood with scores from 1 to 77 in each category, where 1 was the best.
Next, we averaged the rankings for each neighborhood to create a best neighborhood index.
And finally, we crowned the neighborhood with the lowest best neighborhood index the "Best City Neighborhood In Chicago." We're lookin' at you, North Center.
Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best places Chicago, Illinois has to offer. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the neighborhoods in the city from best to worst.
Putting A Bow On Our Analysis Of The Best Neighborhoods In Chicago
If you're measuring the neighborhoods in Chicago where crime is low and everyone wants to live, this is an accurate list.
As we mentioned earlier, the neighborhoods in Chicago aren't all good. Riverdale takes the title of the worst neighborhood to live in Chicago.
We ranked the neighborhoods from best to worst in the chart below.
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Detailed List Of The Best Neighborhoods To Live In Chicago For 2021
|6||Near North Side||83,049|
|15||Near South Side||21,930|
|35||Near West Side||61,845|
|41||Lower West Side||33,150|
|59||West Garfield Park||17,277|
|61||East Garfield Park||20,100|