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Old 12-09-2021, 12:47 PM
 
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We are a 60-something retired couple of modest means and progressive inclinations. We are relocating from New Mexico to be closer to our kids in Evanston. Evanston is too pricey for us so we are looking north and northwest. We are white but have always lived in mixed race neighborhoods and towns and enjoy the mix of cultures diversity brings. People warn us off Waukegan, Beach Park and Zion. They say high crime. Sometimes when people say "high crime" they are actually meaning something else. Can anyone give us the straight poop on what it's like to live in these areas? We will be visiting in a couple of months.
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Old 12-09-2021, 01:02 PM
 
Location: broke leftist craphole Illizuela
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From what I have heard there are some sections of Waukegan that are approaching decent but overall Lake Co north of Lake Bluff and east of say Green Bay RD is a crap hole.
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Old 12-09-2021, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Tri-Cities
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Gurnee / Lindenhurst?
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Old 12-09-2021, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Illinois
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We are a 60-something retired couple of modest means and progressive inclinations. We are relocating from New Mexico to be closer to our kids in Evanston. Evanston is too pricey for us so we are looking north and northwest. We are white but have always lived in mixed race neighborhoods and towns and enjoy the mix of cultures diversity brings. People warn us off Waukegan, Beach Park and Zion. They say high crime. Sometimes when people say "high crime" they are actually meaning something else. Can anyone give us the straight poop on what it's like to live in these areas? We will be visiting in a couple of months.
I'm not sure I would be too worried about crime in Waukegan. According to City-Data's crime index, it is below the national average. Zion is a different story, but I still don't know if you should be afraid to live there.

And, yes, even as someone who is probably to the right of you, I see that far too many people just use "high crime" as a cover for their own racist inclinations. Predominately minority does not always equal unsafe or impoverished.
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Old 12-09-2021, 05:05 PM
 
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I'm not sure I would be too worried about crime in Waukegan. According to City-Data's crime index, it is below the national average. Zion is a different story, but I still don't know if you should be afraid to live there.

And, yes, even as someone who is probably to the right of you, I see that far too many people just use "high crime" as a cover for their own racist inclinations. Predominately minority does not always equal unsafe or impoverished.
To the OP, be careful taking advice about whether or not you should worry about crime from a poster whose profile says they reside in Evanston or Lake Forest.

Most normal people will tell you to avoid Waukegan. And if you were my parents, that's exactly what I'd tell you, too.
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Old 12-11-2021, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Illinois
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To the OP, be careful taking advice about whether or not you should worry about crime from a poster whose profile says they reside in Evanston or Lake Forest.
Why is that? Does my residency in Lake Forest make my advice less valuable than someone living in Gurnee (maybe a more "normal" suburb)?

Just because I do not live in Waukegan doesn't mean that I have an inaccurate perception of the risk of being a victim of crime in Waukegan. City-Data stats show that crime there is below the national average. Sure, the crime rate is higher in Waukegan than it is in Lake Forest and Evanston, but Waukegan also has a larger, more diverse, and bigger working-class population than either of those communities.

I would not want to live in Waukegan, but crime is not why I do not want to live there.
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Old 12-11-2021, 07:46 PM
 
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I mostly enjoy these forums and have gleaned a lot of useful information from the threads over the years, but there are countless times I've read threads that have devolved into pointless bickering between proponents of right and left ideologies. Why aren't there moderators who can supervise this stuff? I asked about Waukegan and appreciate everyone's sincere posts, no matter where they're from. Cmon guys and gals, if we can't have civility on a simple online forum, what hope is there for this country? And PLEASE, don't answer me. It was a rhetorical question.
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Old 12-11-2021, 11:46 PM
 
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I assume since you said Evanston was too expensive you're only looking at Single Family Homes? If so I probably would avoid anything north of Lake Bluff as it declines in quality quickly and you'll be quite far away from family. I believe it's Waukegan that has the 2 superfund sites if I recall correctly? Since you're from New Mexico consider looking at Highwood. It'll be alot closer to Evanston (depending on how close to downtown Highland Park you are there's a handful of busses you can take or the train station for easy commuting) and has a nice mix of diversity and affordability while still being near the lake.
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Old 12-11-2021, 11:59 PM
 
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Kenosha is right over the border in Wisconsin and a nice town. I grew up there and visit frequently. It’s safe, is racially mixed and housing prices are reasonable.
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Old 12-12-2021, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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What do you need from a house/home? Have you considered the far north neighborhoods in Chicago? Edison Park, for example, is a nice area and it's much more affordable than Evanston.
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