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Renter's Guide to Evanston

The city of Evanston, Illinois, located along Chicago’s northern city limits on beautiful Lake Michigan, is considered a suburb of the Windy City, but don’t tell its residents that! Home to one the country’s finest universities, Northwestern University, its cultural amenities and robust economy make Evanston a great city in its own rights. Evanston to Chicago’s O’Hare airport is a mere 15 miles away, where flights to San Francisco are only take three-and-a-half hours and to New York City just over two hours. Evanston’s weather is tempered by its location on the shores of the Great Lakes. Summer tends to be hot and humid, but when winds shift off the lake temperatures shift as well, thus giving rise to the often heard phrase “cooler by the lake.” Winters can be cold and snowy but mild lake waters mitigate the cold and often temperatures are warmer than what they would be during the coldest months of the year. Evanston regularly ranks as one of the best U.S. cities to live in and was recently rated as the 5th best place in the country in the 2014 annual survey conducted by 24/7 Wall St.

Evanston, IL Demographics

  • Total Population71,108
  • Female 33,841
    Male 37,268
  • Median Age35.54

Cost of Living in Evanston, IL

The cost of living in Evanston tends to be higher than in the rest of the country. Evanston apartments and real estate in general can cost as much as 76% more, though bargains can be had for those who do their research. Overall the cost of living index is 27% higher than the U.S. average, however, food costs are only slightly higher (8%) and utility costs even less so (4% higher). Public transportation in Evanston is excellent in that Chicago’s bus and rapid transit train systems both serve the city, as does the regional public transportation system, Pace. Bus fares are typically $2 and train fares are $2.25. Evanston is also served by the regional commuter rail line, Metra, which connects Evanston to downtown Chicago and points north to the Wisconsin border. There are also a number of taxis in Evanston with rates beginning at $2.25 and $1.80 for each additional mile.

Evanston, IL Average Rent

  • Evanston, IL Average Rental Price, February, 2017$1,793/mo
  • Studio$1,007
  • 1 Bedroom$1,809
  • 2 Bedrooms$2,546

Evanston, IL Apartment Rent Ranges

  • $501-$7001%
  • $701-$1,00014%
  • $1,001-$1,50023%
  • $1,501-$2,00021%
  • > $2,00042%

Evanston, IL Rent Trends

Average Rent All Rentals Studio 1 Bed 2 Beds 3 Beds
February, 2017 $1,793 $1,007 $1,809 $2,546
May / 2016 $1,755 $1,076 $1,803 $2,145
Jan / 2016 $1,794 $979 $1,816 $2,123
Sept / 2015 $1,786 $1,034 $1,770 $2,098
May / 2015 $1,676 $1,021 $1,648 $2,111
Jan / 2015 $1,612 $1,028 $1,606 $1,973
Sept / 2014 $1,511 $1,053 $1,547 $1,801
May / 2014 $1,576 $998 $1,572 $1,896
Jan / 2014 $1,540 $973 $1,491 $1,882

Average rent is projected to grow by 3% in 2016 compared to 2015.

Please note that projected rent growth is calculated at city level.

Average rent values on this page are aggregated from data from the following zip codes: 6020160202

Living in Evanston, IL

One of the best things about living in Evanston is being literally next door to all of the culture and amenities of a great city like Chicago, as well as being on the shores of Lake Michigan while being able to live in what amounts to a quaint college town. Negatives are hard to come by but there’s no doubt that the relatively higher cost of living can present some challenges, though the discerning consumer can find many pockets of affordable options.

Things to do in Evanston

One needn’t really travel to Chicago a lot, since there are more than ample things to do in Evanston too. Numerous cultural events from plays to music occur on the Northwestern University campus and are open to the public, however, the city too has its share of events throughout the year, beginning with a New Year’s Eve First Night celebration through a number of summer festivals and art fairs, such as the annual Lakefront Arts Festival. The Evanston Symphony Orchestra is a renowned and often honored ensemble that performs year-round and one of the more popular music venues, the Space concert hall is host to numerous performances and live recordings. For those who enjoy the outdoors, the city’s location on the shores of Lake Michigan with its many parks and beaches, as well as running and cycling trails into Chicago, means a never-ending variety of opportunities to enjoy nature. Finally, one of the city’s best-kept secrets is the plethora of great restaurants in Evanston and a growing number of local breweries. Restaurants like Prairie Moon, Pete Miller’s, Tapas Barcelona, and Campagnola offer some of the finest food to be found anywhere and breweries like Smylie Brothers and Temperance Beer Company have developed a loyal following for their craft beers.

Employment and Economy

Finding jobs in Evanston is certainly not a problem given a July 2016 unemployment rate of just 4.7%, no doubt due to the city’s healthy economy and the consistent hiring of its largest employers such as Evanston Township High School, NorthShore University Health System, City of Evanston, Rotary International, Saint Francis Hospital, Northwestern University, and Evanston-Skokie School District 65, all of which employ a total of nearly 20,000 people.

Evanston, IL Households

  • Total Number of Households30,354
  • Family 15,663
    Non-family 14,692
  • Children 7,551
    No Children 22,804
  • Average People Per Household2.22
  • Median Household Income$68,769
  • Median Household Disposable Income$56,322

Evanston, IL Crime Rate and Statistics

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Education in Evanston

Evanston public schools consistently rank as some of the best in the country and Great! Schools ranks the entire district with one of its highest ratings (8) and a number of its elementary schools with rankings of 10. Evanston Township High School, which serves the entire city, also ranks near the top in the Great! Schools rankings (8). In addition, one of the finest private schools (PK-12) in the nation, Roycemore, is located in the city.

Evanston, IL Education Statistics

  • No High School3%
  • Some HighSchool5%
  • Some College15%
  • Associate Degree4%
  • Bachelor Degree34%
  • Graduate Degree39%

Tips for Renting in Evanston

Apartments for rent in Evanston are governed the city’s Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance, which is designed to “protect and promote the public health, safety and welfare of the City of Evanston's citizens, to establish rights and obligations of the landlord and the tenant in the rental of dwelling units and to encourage the landlord and the tenant to maintain and improve the quality of housing.” 

Evanston has a very favorable Walkability Score (74), which means that car ownership is hardly necessary, and if you live in the downtown area everything is within walking distance. Being that Northwestern University is a major presence in the city, those who love the small-town college atmosphere, with its Big Ten sports and variety of cultural amenities, will gravitate easily to life in Evanston.

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