Chicago homeowners think highly of their town

Chicago may not be ranked high for livability, but homeowners are comfortable where they are
  • Out of 67 metros in the Porch/Redfin study, Chicago comes in 45th.
  • Chicago ranks highly in walkability.
  • Chicago ranks below the study national average in real estate confidence.

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Porch.com, a home repair and renovation services site, teamed up with real estate firm Redfin to study homeowners’ perceptions of the cities in which they live. In the first Best Places to Own a Home in America study, Chicago came in at 45th on a list of 67 metro areas. Chicago rated highest in walkability and lowest in tax fairness. It was above average in commute and healthy living, and below average in educational opportunity, security and safety. The poll asked 9,923 U.S. homeowners questions in 31 dimensions, including safety, climate, commute times, access to education, tax fairness and real estate trends to compile the list. The answers were grouped to come up with a top 10 list in criteria that are important to homeowners. Redfin real estate agents added local knowledge about some of the cities discussed in the results. “People living in Chicago’s downtown area often don’t have cars since they're within a 15-minute walk to almost anything – the shopping ...