Best Places to Live in Illinois

AreaVibes reveals the best places to live in Illinois by using a Livability Score out of 100. The Livability Score for each city in Illinois is calculated from a unique algorithm based on various metrics, including: amenities, cost of living, crime, education, employment, housing and weather. Illinois has a population of 12,882,135 and a population density of 222.3. The capital city is Springfield and the largest city in Illinois is Chicago. To filter the results, use the filters on the left to sort by state, population and category.
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Rank City Livability Ame­nities Cost of Living Crime Edu­cation Emp­loyment Housing Weather
1Winnetka, ILPopulation: 12,21087A+FA+A+A+A+D+
2Leland Grove, ILPopulation: 1,74087AAA+A+ABC
3Kenilworth, ILPopulation: 2,66987A+FA+A+A+A+D+
4Glencoe, ILPopulation: 8,72887A+FA+A+A+A+D+
5Hinsdale, ILPopulation: 16,59486A+FA+A+A+A+C
6Forsyth, ILPopulation: 3,78585BAA+AAB+C+
7Wilmette, ILPopulation: 27,20285A+FA+A+A+A+D+
8Golf, ILPopulation: 59085B+DA+AA+A+D+
9Morton, ILPopulation: 16,25585AA+A+ABBC
10Long Grove, ILPopulation: 8,03185AFA+A+A+A+D+
11Western Springs, ILPopulation: 12,85385A+FA+A+A+A+C
12Lake Forest, ILPopulation: 19,06885A+FA+A+A+A+D
13Highland Park, ILPopulation: 29,90985A+FA+A+AA+D+
14Northfield, ILPopulation: 5,23485A+FA+A+AA+D+
15Burr Ridge, ILPopulation: 10,59084A+FA+A+A+A+C
16Rochester, ILPopulation: 3,71284C+A+A+AABC
17La Grange, ILPopulation: 15,56384A+FA+AAAC
18Washington, ILPopulation: 15,05284AA+A+ABBC
19Edwardsville, ILPopulation: 24,09384A+C+A+ABBC+
20Highland, ILPopulation: 9,43484AAA+AC+C+C+
21Geneva, ILPopulation: 21,58884A+DA+AAAD+
22Lockport, ILPopulation: 24,67284AB+A+AB+BD+
23Clarendon Hills, ILPopulation: 8,43484A+FA+A+AA+C
24Northbrook, ILPopulation: 33,09584A+FA+A+AA+D+
25Oak Park, ILPopulation: 51,78184A+FA+A+B+AC
26Barrington, ILPopulation: 10,73984A+FA+A+AA+D+
27Flossmoor, ILPopulation: 9,38784A+DA+A+AB+C
28Deerfield, ILPopulation: 18,45284AFA+A+A+A+D+
29Trout Valley, ILPopulation: 58484B+DA+A+A+AD+
30Lisle, ILPopulation: 22,45384A+DA+ABAD+
31Lake Zurich, ILPopulation: 19,67984A+FA+AAAD+
32Elmhurst, ILPopulation: 44,38584A+FA+AAAD+
33Glenview, ILPopulation: 44,47884A+FA+A+AA+D+
34Tinley Park, ILPopulation: 56,34083A+C+A+AB+B+D+
35Kildeer, ILPopulation: 3,95283B+FA+A+A+A+D+
36Libertyville, ILPopulation: 20,38883A+FA+AAAD
37Jerome, ILPopulation: 1,53083AA+A+AC+CC
38Geneseo, ILPopulation: 6,60483AA+A+AC+C+D+
39Wheaton, ILPopulation: 53,15583A+FA+AB+AD+
40Naperville, ILPopulation: 142,14383ADA+A+AAD+
41Sycamore, ILPopulation: 17,50583A+AA+ABBD+
42Crystal Lawns, ILPopulation: 1,94183A+BA+ABBD+
43Sherman, ILPopulation: 3,89383CA+A+AB+BC
44Park Ridge, ILPopulation: 37,26683A+FA+A+B+AD+
45Frankfort, ILPopulation: 17,78783ADA+A+AAD+
46Germantown Hills, ILPopulation: 3,40683CB+A+A+ABC
47Riverside, ILPopulation: 8,85983A+FA+AAAC
48Arlington Heights, ILPopulation: 75,22183A+FA+A+B+AD+
49Buffalo Grove, ILPopulation: 41,66783A+FA+A+AAD+
50St. Charles, ILPopulation: 33,04683A+D+A+AB+B+D+
51Swansea, ILPopulation: 13,49583B+AA+ABBC+
52Hometown, ILPopulation: 4,34683A+B+A+AC+C+C
53River Forest, ILPopulation: 11,17483A+FAA+A+A+D+
54Mascoutah, ILPopulation: 7,57883BAA+ABC+C+
55Manhattan, ILPopulation: 6,45683B+BA+A+B+BD+
56Glen Ellyn, ILPopulation: 27,50383A+FA+AAAD+
57Port Byron, ILPopulation: 1,72083C+A+A+AB+BD+
58Monticello, ILPopulation: 5,29783B+AA+ABC+C
59Batavia, ILPopulation: 25,69383A+D+A+AAB+D+
60Mettawa, ILPopulation: 50283BFA+A+A+A+D+
61Lake Bluff, ILPopulation: 6,21483B+FA+A+A+A+D
62Plainfield, ILPopulation: 39,03083ADA+AAAD+
63New Lenox, ILPopulation: 24,36983AD+A+AAB+D+
64Crainville, ILPopulation: 1,23083BA+A+B+CCB
65Winfield, ILPopulation: 9,16883ADA+A+AAD+
66Rockton, ILPopulation: 7,37082BA+A+AB+BD
67Crystal Lake, ILPopulation: 40,86782A+CA+AB+BD+
68Chatham, ILPopulation: 11,80782B+A+B+AB+BC
69Waterloo, ILPopulation: 9,82682B+BA+BBBB
70Timberlane, ILPopulation: 1,11882DA+A+AAB+D
71Godfrey, ILPopulation: 17,94182BAA+AC+C+C+
72Breese, ILPopulation: 4,80582BAA+B+BC+C+
73Eureka, ILPopulation: 5,42182BA+A+B+C+C+C
74McHenry, ILPopulation: 26,86282A+BA+B+BBD
75Columbia, ILPopulation: 9,68782BC+A+ABBB
76Downers Grove, ILPopulation: 48,62182A+FA+A+B+AD+
77Trenton, ILPopulation: 2,71782C+A+A+ABC+C+
78Normal, ILPopulation: 52,98682A+A+B+AC+BC
79South Barrington, ILPopulation: 4,73882CDA+A+A+A+D+
80Woodridge, ILPopulation: 32,92682ACA+AB+B+D+
81Hawthorn Woods, ILPopulation: 7,45182BFA+A+A+A+D+
82Indian Creek, ILPopulation: 52682AFA+AA+AD+
83Prestbury, ILPopulation: 1,82282B+DA+A+AAD
84Mount Zion, ILPopulation: 5,70382CA+A+ABC+C+
85Brookfield, ILPopulation: 18,81282A+DA+ABB+C
86Twin Grove, ILPopulation: 1,50482FA+A+AAB+C
87Mahomet, ILPopulation: 7,23082BC+A+A+B+BC
88Cary, ILPopulation: 18,20282ADA+AAB+D+
89Mokena, ILPopulation: 18,42482BD+A+A+AAD+
90St. Jacob, ILPopulation: 1,41282D+AA+AB+C+C+
91Woodstock, ILPopulation: 24,78182A+B+A+B+BBD
92Holiday Shores, ILPopulation: 2,92182FAA+A+B+BC+
93O'Fallon, ILPopulation: 28,37782ACA+AB+BC+
94Lemont, ILPopulation: 15,95482ADA+AB+AD+
95Palatine, ILPopulation: 68,33882A+DA+ABB+D+
96Teutopolis, ILPopulation: 1,81782D+A+A+ABC+C+
97Channahon, ILPopulation: 12,37782BBA+AABD+
98Byron, ILPopulation: 3,70982BA+A+AC+C+D
99Warrenville, ILPopulation: 13,34682ACA+ABBD+
100Antioch, ILPopulation: 14,18582ACA+AB+B+D
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