The map shows where residents in the Chicago metro area and surrounding areas believe are the best places to live. Areas such as Chicago, IL and Evergreen Park, IL are also shown. Top areas are in purple and green, with less-desired areas in red.

Chicago, IL map of the best places to live by home value

Desireability Index

Top 1%
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The most desired areas tend to be in the central parts of the city, while more affordable homes are in the east regions.

Median house prices in Chicago, IL are $361,205, meaning Chicago homes are similar to the US median of $376,286. We analyzed a significant sample of cities with similar populations like Brooklyn, NY and Baltimore, MD, and found homes in Chicago cost much less.

Compared to Illinois, Chicago home prices are more expensive than the state's average of $311,566. These are the best neighborhoods as judged by the market: the places people most want to live. While these areas tend to have lower crime rates and higher quality of life, it is primarily a map of the best areas by median home value in Chicago, IL.

In regards to housing disparity, the quality of neighborhood within Chicago varies greatly.

Data Sources: U.S. Census, proprietary data mapping and analysis


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