Wicker Park is among the best neighborhoods in the country for millennials to live in, according to a new national ranking.
Of course, that’s sort of like declaring the Gold Coast is a good place for rich people or saying University of Chicago professors would like living in Hyde Park. But let’s allow the Northwest Side neighborhood to enjoy its moment in the spotlight anyway.
According to Niche.com’s rankings, Wicker Park is the country’s fourth-best neighborhood for millennials, the generation generally born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s. The survey praised the neighborhood’s high education and income levels, while pointing out its median rent is significantly higher than the national average.
The website — best known for its college rankings — said it used census data, FBI crime rates and surveys of nearly 500,000 students and recent graduates over the last four years to determine the best cities in which to live. They then examined the specific areas of those cities using that same data to select the best neighborhood.
Niche’s top-five neighborhoods include: Greenpoint (Brooklyn, N.Y.); South River City (Austin, Texas); Clarendon (Arlington, Va.); Wicker Park; and Cow Hollow (San Francisco).
The only other Midwest community to rank in the Top 10 was Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood, where the median rent is higher than Wicker Park’s but its median income in lower.
“Chi-Town is a millennial’s playground,” the survey states. “Whether it’s attending museums or music festivals, taking in a night of sketch comedy, or partaking in Big Star's tacos, there’s always something exciting to do.”