Top 10 Illinois suburbs to live in

Natalie CrawfordReboot Illinois

Jul 07, 2016

What matters to you most when looking at a new place to live? Crime, public schools, cost of living, job opportunity, or local amenities? Niche compiled all that information from the U.S. Census, FBI, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and other sources to give these suburbs a grade. Here are the Top 10 suburbs are located along with some of their information based on Niche’s ranking, and at the bottom is a map of where these suburbs are located around Illinois.

1. Naperville | DuPage County, IL

Overall grade: A+

NAPERVILLE (final)

As the #1 suburb in Illinois, it was also voted as the second best place to live by Money magazine in 2006. It’s a midsized city with high home values, high rent costs, and average unemployment levels. Here are some of the grades Niche gave it, but to check out specific, click here.

  • Cost of Living: C-
  • Public Schools: A+
  • Crime and Safety: B+
  • Family Amenities: A
  • Jobs: B+

2. Bannockburn | Lake County, IL

Overall grade: A+

Bannockburn

This village of 1,460 has high home values, average costs of rent, and low unemployment. Here are some of the grades Niche gave it, but to check out specific, click here.

  • Cost of Living: C-
  • Public Schools: A+
  • Crime and Safety: A+
  • Family Amenities: A-
  • Jobs: B+

3. Grayslake | Lake County, IL

Overall grade: A+

GRAYSLAKE

Located 15 miles south of the Wisconsin border, this Illinois suburb has average home values, average rent costs, and low unemployment. If you’re interested in the specifics, click here. Below are the grades Niche gave it.

  • Cost of Living: B
  • Public Schools: A+
  • Crime and Safety: B+
  • Family Amenities: A
  • Jobs: B+

4. South Barrington | Cook County, IL

Overall grade: A+

SOUTH BARRINGTON (2)

Known for its megachurch, Willow Creek Community Church, this suburb has very high home values, income, and education levels. To read more details about the suburb, click here. Below are some of Niche’s grades.

  • Cost of Living: C-
  • Public Schools: A+
  • Crime and Safety: A+
  • Family Amenities: A
  • Jobs: B

5. Hodgkins | Cook County, IL

Overall grade: A+

HODGKINS (2)

With a population of 2,815, this suburb has low home values and unemployment with average rent costs. Below are some grades Niche gave it, but for more information, click here.

  • Cost of Living: A-
  • Public Schools: A
  • Crime and Safety: B-
  • Family Amenities: A
  • Jobs: B

6. Northbrook | Cook County, IL

Overall grade: A+

Northbrook

This suburb is second in size only to Naperville with a population over 30,000 and is located on the North Shore. It has very high home values and rent costs, but it also has very low unemployment. Read more here. Below are some grades Niche gave it.

  • Cost of Living: D+
  • Public Schools: A+
  • Crime and Safety: A
  • Family Amenities: A+
  • Jobs: B

7. Vernon Hills | Lake County, IL

Overall grade: A+

VERNON HILLS (2)

This suburb also has very high home values and rent costs paired with very low unemployment. For more of its details, click here. Below are some of the grades Niche gave it.

  • Cost of Living: C-
  • Public Schools: A+
  • Crime and Safety: A-
  • Family Amenities: A
  • Jobs: B

8. Clarendon Hills | DuPage County, IL

Overall grade: A+

CLAREDON HILLS (2)

This village has very high home values, average rent costs, and very low unemployment levels. Here are some of the grade niche grade it, but to read more information on the suburb, click here.

  • Cost of Living: C-
  • Public Schools: A+
  • Crime and Safety: A
  • Family Amenities: A+
  • Jobs: A-

9. Green Oaks | Lake County, IL

Overall grade: A+

Green Oaks

Located in the Libertyville Township of Lake County, this suburb has a population of 3,844. It has very high home values, very high rent costs, and low unemployment. For more information, click here, but below you’ll find some of the ratings Niche gave the suburb.

  • Cost of Living: C-
  • Public Schools: A+
  • Crime and Safety: not available
  • Family Amenities: A
  • Jobs: B+

10. Tower Lakes | Lake County, IL

Overall grade: A+

tower lakes (final)

As the name suggests, this suburb has a large lake in the center of it called Tower Lake (with a smaller lake to the North called North Tower Lake). With the size of only one square mile, it has a population of 1,297. It also has very high home values and very low unemployment levels. Below are some of Niche’s grades, but to read more, click here.

  • Cost of Living: C-
  • Public Schools: A+
  • Crime and Safety: A+
  • Family Amenities: A+
  • Jobs: B+

Want to see more Illinois suburbs or other categories that went into the grade count? Check out Niche’s complete list of 100 Illinois suburbs. For the methodology behind the rankings, click here.

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