Best Places to Live in Elgin, Illinois

National center - Northeastern Illinois along Lake Michigan
-Economic and cultural diversity
-Arts and culture
-Historic interest and preservation
-Harsh climate
-Cost of living
-Violent crime

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A world-class commercial, industrial and cultural city, Chicago functions as is a major national center and as the major regional center for America’s heartland. It originally emerged as a transport center for cargo headed west and agricultural products headed east by land and water. Although transportation technology has changed, the role has not. The city is the most important passenger and freight transport hub in the country with the largest number of air departures and the most rail traffic in the nation. The commercial and manufacturing economy stands out both for its size and diversity. Over 30 Fortune 500 companies in an assortment of industries have headquarters here. Factories and warehouses extend for miles from the downtown area. Chicago is also a major center for small manufacturing and business. There is probably no more diverse an economy in the country.


City: Elgin
Zip Codes: 60120
Time zone: Central Standard Time (CST)
Elevation: 623 ft above sea level


The unemployment rate in Elgin is 5.80% (U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Elgin jobs have increased by 1.55%. Learn More...
Compared to the rest of the country, Elgin's cost of living is 3.30% higher than the U.S. average. Learn More... or Compare Elgin's Cost of Living
Elgin's population is 112,111 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 45.58%. Learn More...
Average Commute time is 22 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes. Learn More...
The median home cost in Elgin is $162,700. Home appreciation the last 10 years has been -29.32%. Check out the homes in the area.
Elgin public schools spend $11,807 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 18.7 students per teacher in Elgin. Learn More...

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It's a good time to buy in Elgin. Home Appreciation is up 8.8% in the last 12 months. Browse Elgin Real Estate.

The median home price in Elgin is $162,700. Browse Homes in this Range.

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Reviews for Elgin    9 Reviews
A nice small city with lots to offer - 3/24/2015
When I first moved to Elgin 2 years ago I did not like it. I lived in a mobile home park near the river and highway 90 in a senior community that over prices it's lot... (Read More)

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Lived in Elgin, IL since 1994 - 9/5/2013
Hi, as a way of updating the post for Elgin and providing a rebuttal for some of the negative reviews, I've decided to post on this board. I've lived in Elgin since... (Read More)

My Town... Elgin [: - 3/11/2010
I have lived in Elgin my whole life and it is very sad to read these comments about my town.... I'm a senior at South Elgin High School and I will be graduating this... (Read More)

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