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Old 06-28-2011, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:25 PM
 
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Stay as far away from Rockford as you can. They have the fastest growing crime rate for any city their size in Illinois. Gangs have taken over the city. All you have to do is look at the homes for sale there. 10 room large at one time magnificant homes now selling for $140K.. Rockford used to be a very fine city 30 years ago. But if you have to take a job there, commute at least 20 miles away. Just being honest.
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Old 07-02-2011, 09:29 PM
 
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I'm looking for a town between 5-60K to move to in Illinois. Can someone suggest a town that has a lower crime rate, but is large enough to go get my Dunkin Donuts coffee lol and have a bit of culture and is pretty. Even areas around such a town would be ok if home prices are not crazy. I do not count any suburb. The taxes are ridiculous in any worthwhile suburb. I enjoy hiking and some culture but also would like my privacy. Sounds like a lot. But there must be some place like that in Illinois. And please do not send me down south. I know land is cheaper there but not interested in anything south of say.. Effingham. Thanks
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Anymore I think Illinois just sucks. Most of the towns have high crime and high unemployment and if they are small without much crime there are no jobs or services and you have to drive all over heck and back to work.

Maybe Champaign/Urbana is your place?


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I'm looking for a town between 5-60K to move to in Illinois. Can someone suggest a town that has a lower crime rate, but is large enough to go get my Dunkin Donuts coffee lol and have a bit of culture and is pretty. Even areas around such a town would be ok if home prices are not crazy. I do not count any suburb. The taxes are ridiculous in any worthwhile suburb. I enjoy hiking and some culture but also would like my privacy. Sounds like a lot. But there must be some place like that in Illinois. And please do not send me down south. I know land is cheaper there but not interested in anything south of say.. Effingham. Thanks
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Old 07-19-2011, 05:15 PM
 
Location: Waukegan, IL
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I'm looking for a town between 5-60K to move to in Illinois. Can someone suggest a town that has a lower crime rate, but is large enough to go get my Dunkin Donuts coffee lol and have a bit of culture and is pretty. Even areas around such a town would be ok if home prices are not crazy. I do not count any suburb. The taxes are ridiculous in any worthwhile suburb. I enjoy hiking and some culture but also would like my privacy. Sounds like a lot. But there must be some place like that in Illinois. And please do not send me down south. I know land is cheaper there but not interested in anything south of say.. Effingham. Thanks
I recommend starting a new topic with your question; I'm interested in the answer as well (although I'd prefer to move farther north)...

Also, why is this thread still open? I'm sure the OP is not still debating this decision after four years...
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Old 11-13-2011, 03:59 AM
 
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Rockford is only for poor people. I came here because I am a single mother. I finally got a decent job. still got my kids at home though. cannot move out. Waiting for my credit to be restored. Rockford has too many ex cons living in it. Sex offenders everywhere. People only want to move out of Rockford once they get stuck here. Most people are uneducated or too old to move out. It is a cheap place for single mothers, or other poor people. Many more people are coming here because it is a cheap place to live. Others come here for the drugs or crime. Only come to Rockford if you have to. Once you get enough money try to move away. Anything is better than this place.
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Old 11-14-2011, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Peoria has Dunkin Donuts. If you consider Broadway shows, symphony, juried art fairs or ballet or opera cultural, Peoria has it too. There are several nearby communities that should fit your needs: Peoria Heights, Dunlap, Washington, Morton, Germantown Hills, Metamora or Eureka. You can be isolated and probably find house prices that are not crazy. The farther you are from ay large community the lower the COL is. If you go farther out you find towns like Astoria or Smitfield, Delavan, Oakford, Havana and even Lincoln where you can buy a nice house for under $75K. The biggest problem is you will not find them in a fancy real estate book. If you are over 65 there are some nice tax breaks for seniors. ,


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I'm looking for a town between 5-60K to move to in Illinois. Can someone suggest a town that has a lower crime rate, but is large enough to go get my Dunkin Donuts coffee lol and have a bit of culture and is pretty. Even areas around such a town would be ok if home prices are not crazy. I do not count any suburb. The taxes are ridiculous in any worthwhile suburb. I enjoy hiking and some culture but also would like my privacy. Sounds like a lot. But there must be some place like that in Illinois. And please do not send me down south. I know land is cheaper there but not interested in anything south of say.. Effingham. Thanks
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Old 11-23-2011, 12:07 AM
 
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Rockford made the Forbes list of ninth most dangerous city for it's size. And after living here for a few years and being carjacked at gunpoint, I would have to say this is not a safe city. There are still some jobs here and some great, hard-working people, but otherwise it is a gritty, difficult, decaying town that has been on the decline for the last 40 years and is not on the way up. It has some of the lowest college education rates of cities in Illinois and that is holding it back, both economically and socially.
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Old 11-23-2011, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Lake Summerset
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Default Low crime alternative to Rockford

Disclaimer, I am a Realtor specializing in property west of Rockford and a Lake Summerset resident....

Lake Summerset is 25 minutes away from the Metro Centre and about the same distance to Beloit, Monroe and Freeport. It has two very good school systems; Dakota and Durand. Association fees are $620 per year and you get to use the 285 acre lake and all the other community amenities. (campground)

It has a 24 hour manned gate and security team. No pass? no entry... very low crime, very quiet location, easy access to local communities and no street lights! All underground utilities, excellent water and sewer systems and a very well managed and staffed association.

In 40 plus years there has never been any special assessments for anything in the community. Sure it's cheesy and my real estate web address uses the phrase but it truly is IllinoisBestKeptSecret . Check it out, over 3,000 other members agree and just like every where else.. there are excellent values in the homes and vacant lots market.
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Old 11-23-2011, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Camphost in Durand, IL
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Anyone thinking of moving to Rockford, check out Rockford Scanner

They have a live feed of a police scanner. There is also an interesting crime map on their website. You can follow them on Facebook and get updates of things going on. Lately it seems to be shooting and armed robberies. Many are taking place in broad daylight which speaks volumes.
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