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 12,823,860 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
1Golf, ILPopulation: 59089B+A+A+AA+A+D+
2South Barrington, ILPopulation: 4,73887CA+A+A+A+A+D+
3Trout Valley, ILPopulation: 58487B+A+A+A+A+AD+
4Leland Grove, ILPopulation: 1,74087AAA+A+ABC
5Prestbury, ILPopulation: 1,82287B+A+A+A+AAD
6Kenilworth, ILPopulation: 2,66986A+FA+A+A+A+D+
7Glencoe, ILPopulation: 8,72886A+FA+A+A+A+D+
8Winnetka, ILPopulation: 12,21086A+FA+A+A+A+D+
9Hinsdale, ILPopulation: 16,59485A+FA+A+A+A+C
10Forsyth, ILPopulation: 3,78584BAA+AAB+C+
11Wilmette, ILPopulation: 27,20284A+FAA+A+A+D+
12Tower Lakes, ILPopulation: 1,43084FA+A+A+A+A+D+
13Long Grove, ILPopulation: 8,03183AFA+A+A+A+D+
14Burr Ridge, ILPopulation: 10,59083A+FA+A+A+A+C
15Northfield, ILPopulation: 5,23483A+FA+A+AA+D+
16Clarendon Hills, ILPopulation: 8,43483A+FA+A+AA+C
17Morton, ILPopulation: 16,25583AA+AABBC
18Western Springs, ILPopulation: 12,85383A+FA+A+A+A+C
19Lake Forest, ILPopulation: 19,06883A+FA+A+A+A+D
20Highland Park, ILPopulation: 29,90983A+FA+A+AA+D+
21Geneva, ILPopulation: 21,58883A+DA+AAAD+
22Rochester, ILPopulation: 3,71283C+A+A+AABC
23La Grange, ILPopulation: 15,56383A+FA+AAAC
24Deerfield, ILPopulation: 18,45283AFA+A+A+A+D+
25Edwardsville, ILPopulation: 24,09383A+C+AABBC+
26Barrington, ILPopulation: 10,73982A+FA+A+AA+D+
27Northbrook, ILPopulation: 33,09582A+FA+A+AA+D+
28Sherman, ILPopulation: 3,89382CA+A+AB+BC
29Washington, ILPopulation: 15,05282AA+AABBC
30Buffalo Grove, ILPopulation: 41,66782A+FA+A+AAD+
31Elmhurst, ILPopulation: 44,38582A+FA+AAAD+
32Lockport, ILPopulation: 24,67282AB+AAB+BD+
33Libertyville, ILPopulation: 20,38882A+FA+AAAD
34River Forest, ILPopulation: 11,17482A+FBA+A+A+D+
35Glenview, ILPopulation: 44,47882A+FA+A+AA+D+
36Lisle, ILPopulation: 22,45382A+DA+ABAD+
37Wheaton, ILPopulation: 53,15582A+FA+AB+AD+
38Lake Zurich, ILPopulation: 19,67982A+FA+AAAD+
39Manhattan, ILPopulation: 6,45682B+BA+A+B+BD+
40Kildeer, ILPopulation: 3,95282B+FA+A+A+A+D+
41Winfield, ILPopulation: 9,16882ADA+A+AAD+
42Crystal Lawns, ILPopulation: 1,94182A+BA+ABBD+
43Hawthorn Woods, ILPopulation: 7,45182BFA+A+A+A+D+
44Park Ridge, ILPopulation: 37,26682A+FA+A+B+AD+
45Timberlane, ILPopulation: 1,11882DA+A+AAB+D
46Marion, ILPopulation: 17,19882A+A+A+B+CCB
47Port Byron, ILPopulation: 1,72082C+A+A+AB+BD+
48Frankfort, ILPopulation: 17,78782ADA+A+AAD+
49Germantown Hills, ILPopulation: 3,40682CB+A+A+ABC
50Mascoutah, ILPopulation: 7,57882BAA+ABC+C+
51Arlington Heights, ILPopulation: 75,22182A+FA+A+B+AD+
52Glen Ellyn, ILPopulation: 27,50381A+FA+AAAD+
53Chatham, ILPopulation: 11,80781B+A+BAB+BC
54Naperville, ILPopulation: 142,14381ADAA+AAD+
55Downers Grove, ILPopulation: 48,62181A+FAA+B+AD+
56Twin Grove, ILPopulation: 1,50481FA+A+AAB+C
57Batavia, ILPopulation: 25,69381A+D+AAAB+D+
58Lake Bluff, ILPopulation: 6,21481B+FA+A+A+A+D
59Monticello, ILPopulation: 5,29781B+AA+ABC+C
60Sycamore, ILPopulation: 17,50581A+AAABBD+
61Tinley Park, ILPopulation: 56,34081A+C+AAB+B+D+
62Normal, ILPopulation: 52,98681A+A+BAC+BC
63Plainfield, ILPopulation: 39,03081ADA+AAAD+
64Teutopolis, ILPopulation: 1,81781D+A+A+ABC+C+
65Channahon, ILPopulation: 12,37781BBA+AABD+
66Mettawa, ILPopulation: 50281BFA+A+A+A+D+
67St. Charles, ILPopulation: 33,04681A+D+AAB+B+D+
68Geneseo, ILPopulation: 6,60481AA+AAC+C+D+
69Smithton, ILPopulation: 3,64881CAA+BBBC+
70Campton Hills, ILPopulation: 10,98581C+DA+A+A+AD+
71Oak Brook, ILPopulation: 7,90581A+FBA+A+A+D+
72Flossmoor, ILPopulation: 9,38781A+DB+A+AB+C
73Crystal Lake, ILPopulation: 40,86781A+CB+AB+BD+
74Aviston, ILPopulation: 1,95381DAA+AB+BC+
75New Lenox, ILPopulation: 24,36981AD+AAAB+D+
76Crainville, ILPopulation: 1,23081BA+AB+CCB
77Wilmington, ILPopulation: 5,91881B+A+A+BBBD+
78Lake in the Hills, ILPopulation: 28,89481A+CA+BB+BD+
79Cary, ILPopulation: 18,20281ADA+AAB+D+
80Riverwoods, ILPopulation: 3,85481CFA+A+A+A+D+
81Bannockburn, ILPopulation: 1,45681BFAA+A+A+D+
82Rockton, ILPopulation: 7,37081BA+AAB+BD
83Palos Park, ILPopulation: 4,80581B+FA+A+B+AC
84Mount Zion, ILPopulation: 5,70380CA+A+ABC+C+
85Mokena, ILPopulation: 18,42480BD+A+A+AAD+
86O'Fallon, ILPopulation: 28,37780ACB+AB+BC+
87Highland, ILPopulation: 9,43480AABAC+C+C+
88Woodstock, ILPopulation: 24,78180A+B+AB+BBD
89Bartlett, ILPopulation: 41,01780A+DA+AAAD+
90Trenton, ILPopulation: 2,71780C+A+AABC+C+
91Inverness, ILPopulation: 7,45780CFA+A+A+A+D+
92Palatine, ILPopulation: 68,33880A+DA+ABB+D+
93Indian Creek, ILPopulation: 52680AFA+AA+AD+
94Columbia, ILPopulation: 9,68780BC+AABBB
95Godfrey, ILPopulation: 17,94180BAAAC+C+C+
96Holiday Shores, ILPopulation: 2,92180FDA+A+B+BC+
97Swansea, ILPopulation: 13,49580B+ABABBC+
98St. Jacob, ILPopulation: 1,41280D+AA+AB+C+C+
99Byron, ILPopulation: 3,70980BA+A+AC+C+D
100Ottawa, ILPopulation: 19,25880A+A+ABC+C+C
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