Rogers Park ranks No. 5 best place to live — in the U.S.

by Emily Mack

Nestled along the shores of Lake Michigan, Rogers Park is known as a charming north side neighborhood. But it’s also a bastion of diversity, blending cultures and religions from all over the world. It is, in fact, the most diverse neighborhood in Chicago: a rare quality which has earned the area national distinction.

According to a new list from Money.com, Rogers Park is best fifth-best place to live in all the U.S.

Within the vibrant streets of Rogers Park is Devon Avenue, referred to colloquially as “Little India.” There, south Asian shops and restaurants thrive and the sidewalks maintain a social atmosphere. But head east, and you’ll pass even more international cuisine. Among the options: Cuban, Chinese and Israeli.

Rogers Park is also home to multiple mosques, churches, temples and synagogues. West Rogers Park is home to the Midwest’s largest Orthodox Jewish population, according to Streets Blog Chicago.

Based on statistics from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for City Planning,
the full racial breakdown of Rogers Park was roughly 44% white, 27% Black, 19% Hispanic, 5% Asian and 4% other, as of 2020.

The Loyola University campus, a private Jesuit college, is also located in Rogers Park, which brings new, young people to the neighborhood every year. Despite that cool factor, though, Rogers Park remains an affordable option for families. The median home price there is about $200,000 — notably lower than in other Chicago neighborhoods.

The full top five list from Money includes:

1. Atlanta, Ga.
2. Tempe, Ariz.
3. Kirkland, Wash.
4. Raleigh, N.C.
5. Rogers Park, Chicago, Ill.

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