Population: 18,840
Safety and CrimeDowntown

Living in Ottawa, Illinois:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Ottawa, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked two people living in Ottawa what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:


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The crime rate of the town has been at an all-time low and continues to diminish every year. The sense of safety helps many seek out adventure and fun through nature and with event gatherings. The peacefulness is sometimes replaced a few times a year with great festivals and amazing carnivals that bring the whole town together for fun. Despite the limited number of businesses and people, there is never a lack of excitement. It can come in the form of teenagers socializing by the town’s grand river or adults participating in a wine and dine festival accompanied by jazz music.

Although Ottawa, Illinois doesn’t have a lot of stores or restaurants, it has created an impact on the people that reside there to flourish. Despite the low number of minorities in the town, there is a Latino community. Because it is such a small town, we can hold friendships are tighter and longer than in a city or urban setting. As a whole, the people are loyal to one another and help bring out the family within all.

Elizabeth, says: 2020

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