Retire in Evanston

Best Retirement City - Evanston

See why many believe that Evanston is the best city to retire

Evanston is perhaps most well known for being the home of the prestigious Northwestern University, but that isn’t all that defines the town. Despite the long winters experienced by all of the Greater Chicago area, the green surroundings of the numerous trees and parks, and the views of Lake Michigan help outweigh the bleak colors of winter. Located just 10 miles from downtown Chicago, Evanston offers a smaller town feel with quick access via the subway to top class food, jobs, and several airports of Chicago. It’s position on the lake allows retirees to engage in sailing, kayaking, and other water activities. The trails right along the lake make for a beautiful evening stroll, and offer picturesque beaches and parks for an afternoon barbecue. Unsurprisingly, given the proximity of the university, nearly 60% of individuals 65 years or older have a college education, making it one of the most educated towns we feature. And for those who like to follow their favorite celebrities, it is the birthplace of Eddie Vedder, Charlton Heston, Seth Meyers and John Cusack. Eastern Evanston, close to the university and the lake, tends to be the more desirable area for retirees, as it is walking distance to the restaurants and stores (and of course the lake), although property prices are quite high. Southern Evanston features a lot of the amenities of Eastern Evanston although it is generally a bit poorer. Western Evanston is a more up and coming area that has experienced more crime than the rest of the town. Click on the tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Evanston.

City Highlights

  1. Easy access to Chicago
  2. Located on Lake Michigan
  3. Very walkable
  4. Northwestern University
  5. Low crime

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Harsh winters
  2. High property taxes

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 69,347

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Chicago, IL

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

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Closest Major Airport:

Chicago O'Hare International Airport

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