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Member of the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities

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Evanston is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north

The purpose of a Commission on Aging is to promote the welfare and betterment of the seniors of the city. The Evanston Commission on Aging has established housing and transportation programs that enhance the ability of seniors to remain in their own homes and advocacy programs that protect the rights of long-term care residents. The Commission sponsors educational forums and provides information about the array of senior services available in Evanston.

Services include:

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program

Handyman Program

Subsidized Taxicab Program

Public Transportation


Contacts2100 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201
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As a 50-year resident, from college days through raising a family, now as an older adult, I believe Evanston to be among the age-friendliest communities in the country. Yes, we have challenges, particularly in the area of affordable housing, but residents and civic leaders are working together to address our shortcomings. I hope to be able to live out my life here.
Evanston is a college town, but it also houses a number of retirement communities, two hospitals, an old YMCA, and benefits from plenty of public transportation; Metra, the "L", and city buses. One of the most wonderful aspects of living here, is that everybody belongs, no matter their age, race, or social status. It's a very inclusive town, however a bit expensive to live in.

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How did Illinois earn the grade of C+? We examined the state taxes based on how age friendly they are. Illinois has a state sales tax of 6.25%. Of particular interest is that Illinois does not have taxes on social security. There are estate taxes. There are no taxes imposed on inheritance. Illinois has an effective property tax rate of 2.32%. Weighing these taxes and other taxes most likely to impact the aging population is how Illinois earned its state tax grade of C+.

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