There are plenty of places to choose from if you want to move to Illinois, but could Arlington Heights be the right area for you and your family? There are plenty of advantages to this area, not least its proximity to Chicago and everything the big city has to offer.
The population of Arlington Heights is more than 75,000, making it fairly small as a city but big enough for the needs of most people. The population has dropped in recent years, but by less than 1%. This can be explained by people moving to the city for work and moving out of the area to retire.
Property prices are a big consideration when you want to move to Arlington Heights. The good news is that property prices are lower than they are in Chicago, but they are rising. The average home price in 2014 was just under $292,000 and prices rose last year by more than 7%, which is good news if you want to invest in property in the area.
One of the downsides to the area is the cost of living. This is 27% higher than the national average, although this is still lower than in Chicago or one of the nation’s other big cities.
A relocation to Arlington Heights might mean that you need to find out more about schools. Here the school system spends more than the national average per student when it comes to education and there is a good student/teacher ratio. The investment in education in this area means that you will have peace of mind of knowing that the schools have everything your children need if you are moving with your family.
Perhaps you want to relocate to Illinois for work. If this is the case you will find that the unemployment rate here is far lower than the national average, at just 5.5%, and the outlook for the jobs market is good. There has been a small increase in the number of jobs available and this trend is expected to continue; therefore, there could be something here for you if you are looking for work.
Commuting time is a factor wherever you move to. The national average for a commute to work is 25 minutes. In Arlington Heights the commute time is slightly higher at 28 minutes; however, this is explained by the fact that many people will be commuting to Chicago.
When you are moving to a new area, find out as much as you can about it. This is important, as you need to know whether the property prices can meet your budget and whether the area has everything you need. A trip to look around before you make your final decision about moving is always a good idea ‒ the more information you can gather, the easier the decision is going to be.