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Top Reasons to Live in Evanston IL

  • Evanston, Illinois, is an idyllic city on the shore of Lake Michigan. It grew out of its early rail links with Chicago and has continued to prosper because of how easy it is to go to and from the city. Evanston has a rich calendar of cultural and artistic events, which befits a city that has produced many famous actors and actresses, the most notable being two-time Academy Award winner Marlon Brando.

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  • Housing StatisticsRent to own homes and rented properties account for 44% of Evanston homes, while 48% of properties are owned. The remaining 8% are vacant. Evanston has a 19% annual resident turnover rate. The city has seen growth both in terms of number of sales and the median sales price. There were 296 sales between May and July 2013, with the median sales price being $348,000.
  • School SystemsThe city has one public high school, Evanston Township High School, that educates 3,000 students between grades 9 and 12 and is overseen by Evanston Township High School District 202. Primary schools in the area are covered by the Evanston-Skokie Community Consolidated School District 65. There are also several independent schools that aren't associated with the city's public school districts, including Roycemore School, which educates students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12.
  • Local Events and FestivalsFrom June through August, you can attend free outdoor concerts featuring a diverse range of music - there's everything from indie-rock to jazz - at six different parks around the city. A turn of bad weather can't spoil the fun as indoor replacement sites have been set up just in case. While most people look forward to a turkey on Thanksgiving Day, residents of Evanston look forward to the Flying Turkey 5k - the perfect way to work up an appetite.
  • Transportation and CommutesSix CTA and four Pace bus routes operate throughout Evanston, while the Chicago L system has a line that runs throughout the city. The comprehensive public transport links both within Evanston and into Chicago mean that a massive 18.4% of Evanston residents travel to work by public transport - that's 16.6% more than the national average - while a further 11.7% of residents walk to work. However, the daily commute is five minutes longer than the national average at just under 34 minutes. While Evanston has a great public transportation system, no major highways run directly through the city.
  • Arts and cultureEvanston has a packed arts and culture calendar, which becomes even busier during October, which is designated as Arts and Humanities month. A dedicated website - - keeps residents up to date with all the latest goings on. The Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival is a particular highlight: taking place every July, more than 100 countries are represented by different cuisine, dance, music and craft activities, with Evanston's lakefront providing a spectacular backdrop. Meanwhile 140 artists exhibit their art while accompanied by live blues, folk and jazz music at the Lakeshore Arts Festival in August.