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+
14Edwardsville, ILPopulation: 24,09385A+C+A+ABBC+
15Northfield, ILPopulation: 5,23485A+FA+A+AA+D+
16Burr Ridge, ILPopulation: 10,59084A+FA+A+A+A+C
17Rochester, ILPopulation: 3,71284C+A+A+AABC
18La Grange, ILPopulation: 15,56384A+FA+AAAC
19Washington, ILPopulation: 15,05284AA+A+ABBC
20Geneva, ILPopulation: 21,58884A+DA+AAAD+
21Lockport, ILPopulation: 24,67284AB+A+AB+BD+
22Clarendon Hills, ILPopulation: 8,43484A+FA+A+AA+C
23Northbrook, ILPopulation: 33,09584A+FA+A+AA+D+
24Barrington, ILPopulation: 10,73984A+FA+A+AA+D+
25Deerfield, ILPopulation: 18,45284AFA+A+A+A+D+
26Trout Valley, ILPopulation: 58484B+DA+A+A+AD+
27Lisle, ILPopulation: 22,45384A+DA+ABAD+
28Lake Zurich, ILPopulation: 19,67984A+FA+AAAD+
29Elmhurst, ILPopulation: 44,38584A+FA+AAAD+
30Glenview, ILPopulation: 44,47884A+FA+A+AA+D+
31Tinley Park, ILPopulation: 56,34083A+C+A+AB+B+D+
32Kildeer, ILPopulation: 3,95283B+FA+A+A+A+D+
33South Barrington, ILPopulation: 4,73883CDA+A+A+A+D+
34Libertyville, ILPopulation: 20,38883A+FA+AAAD
35Geneseo, ILPopulation: 6,60483AA+A+AC+C+D+
36River Forest, ILPopulation: 11,17483A+FAA+A+A+D+
37Wheaton, ILPopulation: 53,15583A+FA+AB+AD+
38Naperville, ILPopulation: 142,14383ADA+A+AAD+
39Sycamore, ILPopulation: 17,50583A+AA+ABBD+
40Crystal Lawns, ILPopulation: 1,94183A+BA+ABBD+
41Batavia, ILPopulation: 25,69383A+D+A+AAB+D+
42Sherman, ILPopulation: 3,89383CA+A+AB+BC
43Park Ridge, ILPopulation: 37,26683A+FA+A+B+AD+
44Frankfort, ILPopulation: 17,78783ADA+A+AAD+
45Germantown Hills, ILPopulation: 3,40683CB+A+A+ABC
46Downers Grove, ILPopulation: 48,62183A+FA+A+B+AD+
47Marion, ILPopulation: 17,19883A+A+A+B+CCB
48Arlington Heights, ILPopulation: 75,22183A+FA+A+B+AD+
49Flossmoor, ILPopulation: 9,38783A+DA+A+AB+C
50Buffalo Grove, ILPopulation: 41,66783A+FA+A+AAD+
51St. Charles, ILPopulation: 33,04683A+D+A+AB+B+D+
52Chatham, ILPopulation: 11,80783B+A+AAB+BC
53Crystal Lake, ILPopulation: 40,86783A+CA+AB+BD+
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
59O'Fallon, ILPopulation: 28,37783ACA+AB+BC+
60Hometown, ILPopulation: 4,34683A+B+A+AC+C+C
61Mettawa, ILPopulation: 50283BFA+A+A+A+D+
62Lake Bluff, ILPopulation: 6,21483B+FA+A+A+A+D
63Plainfield, ILPopulation: 39,03083ADA+AAAD+
64New Lenox, ILPopulation: 24,36983AD+A+AAB+D+
65Crainville, ILPopulation: 1,23083BA+A+B+CCB
66Winfield, ILPopulation: 9,16883ADA+A+AAD+
67Rockton, ILPopulation: 7,37082BA+A+AB+BD
68Normal, ILPopulation: 52,98682A+A+B+AC+BC
69Wilmington, ILPopulation: 5,91882B+A+A+BBBD+
70Woodstock, ILPopulation: 24,78182A+B+A+B+BBD
71Godfrey, ILPopulation: 17,94182BAA+AC+C+C+
72Timberlane, ILPopulation: 1,11882DA+A+AAB+D
73Columbia, ILPopulation: 9,68782BC+A+ABBB
74Trenton, ILPopulation: 2,71782C+A+A+ABC+C+
75Hawthorn Woods, ILPopulation: 7,45182BFA+A+A+A+D+
76Riverside, ILPopulation: 8,85982A+FA+AAAC
77Highland, ILPopulation: 9,43482AAAAC+C+C+
78Eureka, ILPopulation: 5,42182BA+A+B+C+C+C
79McHenry, ILPopulation: 26,86282A+BA+B+BBD
80Indian Creek, ILPopulation: 52682AFA+AA+AD+
81Prestbury, ILPopulation: 1,82282B+DA+A+AAD
82Mount Zion, ILPopulation: 5,70382CA+A+ABC+C+
83Twin Grove, ILPopulation: 1,50482FA+A+AAB+C
84Brookfield, ILPopulation: 18,81282A+DA+ABB+C
85Lebanon, ILPopulation: 4,02082BA+A+AC+C+C+
86Maryville, ILPopulation: 7,48082BC+A+AB+BC+
87Cary, ILPopulation: 18,20282ADA+AAB+D+
88Swansea, ILPopulation: 13,49582B+AAABBC+
89Mokena, ILPopulation: 18,42482BD+A+A+AAD+
90St. Jacob, ILPopulation: 1,41282D+AA+AB+C+C+
91Ottawa, ILPopulation: 19,25882A+A+A+BC+C+C
92Breese, ILPopulation: 4,80582BAA+B+BC+C+
93Holiday Shores, ILPopulation: 2,92182FAA+A+B+BC+
94Lemont, ILPopulation: 15,95482ADA+AB+AD+
95Palatine, ILPopulation: 68,33882A+DA+ABB+D+
96Mahomet, ILPopulation: 7,23082BC+A+A+B+BC
97Frankfort Square, ILPopulation: 9,12382AC+A+AB+B+C
98Peru, ILPopulation: 10,18982B+A+A+AC+CC
99Teutopolis, ILPopulation: 1,81782D+A+A+ABC+C+
100Channahon, ILPopulation: 12,37782BBA+AABD+
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