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
1Kenilworth, ILPopulation: 2,66986A+FA+A+A+A+D+
2Glencoe, ILPopulation: 8,72886A+FA+A+A+A+D+
3Winnetka, ILPopulation: 12,21086A+FA+A+A+A+D+
4Hinsdale, ILPopulation: 16,59485A+FA+A+A+A+C
5Leland Grove, ILPopulation: 1,74085ABA+A+ABC
6Wilmette, ILPopulation: 27,20284A+FAA+A+A+D+
7Long Grove, ILPopulation: 8,03183AFA+A+A+A+D+
8Burr Ridge, ILPopulation: 10,59083A+FA+A+A+A+C
9Northfield, ILPopulation: 5,23483A+FA+A+AA+D+
10Clarendon Hills, ILPopulation: 8,43483A+FA+A+AA+C
11Forsyth, ILPopulation: 3,78583BBA+AAB+C+
12Western Springs, ILPopulation: 12,85383A+FA+A+A+A+C
13Lake Forest, ILPopulation: 19,06883A+FA+A+A+A+D
14Highland Park, ILPopulation: 29,90983A+FA+A+AA+D+
15Edwardsville, ILPopulation: 24,09383A+C+AABBC+
16La Grange, ILPopulation: 15,56383A+FA+AAAC
17Deerfield, ILPopulation: 18,45283AFA+A+A+A+D+
18Barrington, ILPopulation: 10,73982A+FA+A+AA+D+
19Geneva, ILPopulation: 21,58882A+DA+AAAD+
20Northbrook, ILPopulation: 33,09582A+FA+A+AA+D+
21Wheaton, ILPopulation: 53,15582A+DA+AB+AD+
22Buffalo Grove, ILPopulation: 41,66782A+DA+A+AAD+
23Elmhurst, ILPopulation: 44,38582A+FA+AAAD+
24Libertyville, ILPopulation: 20,38882A+FA+AAAD
25Morton, ILPopulation: 16,25582AAAABBC
26Lake Zurich, ILPopulation: 19,67982A+DA+AAAD+
27River Forest, ILPopulation: 11,17482A+FBA+A+A+D+
28Glenview, ILPopulation: 44,47882A+FA+A+AA+D+
29Rochester, ILPopulation: 3,71282C+AA+AABC
30Monticello, ILPopulation: 5,29782B+AA+ABC+C
31Kildeer, ILPopulation: 3,95282B+FA+A+A+A+D+
32Hawthorn Woods, ILPopulation: 7,45182BFA+A+A+A+D+
33Park Ridge, ILPopulation: 37,26682A+FA+A+B+AD+
34Marion, ILPopulation: 17,19882A+A+A+B+CCB
35Mascoutah, ILPopulation: 7,57882BAA+ABC+C+
36Downers Grove, ILPopulation: 48,62182A+DAA+B+AD+
37Arlington Heights, ILPopulation: 75,22182A+DA+A+B+AD+
38Mahomet, ILPopulation: 7,23082BB+AA+B+BC
39Glen Ellyn, ILPopulation: 27,50382A+FA+AAAD+
40Washington, ILPopulation: 15,05282AAAABBC
41Lisle, ILPopulation: 22,45382A+DA+ABAD+
42Winfield, ILPopulation: 9,16881ADA+A+AAD+
43Flossmoor, ILPopulation: 9,38781A+DB+A+AB+C
44Lake Bluff, ILPopulation: 6,21481B+FA+A+A+A+D
45Golf, ILPopulation: 59081B+FA+AA+A+D+
46Frankfort, ILPopulation: 17,78781ADA+A+AAD+
47Smithton, ILPopulation: 3,64881CAA+BBBC+
48Port Byron, ILPopulation: 1,72081C+AA+AB+BD+
49Naperville, ILPopulation: 142,14381AFAA+AAD+
50Sherman, ILPopulation: 3,89381CB+A+AB+BC
51Mettawa, ILPopulation: 50281BFA+A+A+A+D+
52Hometown, ILPopulation: 4,34681A+AB+AC+C+C
53Sycamore, ILPopulation: 17,50581A+AAABBD+
54Aviston, ILPopulation: 1,95381DAA+AB+BC+
55Oak Brook, ILPopulation: 7,90581A+FBA+A+A+D+
56Cary, ILPopulation: 18,20281ADA+AAB+D+
57Teutopolis, ILPopulation: 1,81781D+A+A+ABC+C+
58Prestbury, ILPopulation: 1,82281B+FA+A+AAD
59Crainville, ILPopulation: 1,23081BA+AB+CCB
60Palos Park, ILPopulation: 4,80581B+FA+A+B+AC
61Columbia, ILPopulation: 9,68781BBAABBB
62Trout Valley, ILPopulation: 58481B+FA+A+A+AD+
63Plainfield, ILPopulation: 39,03081ADA+AAAD+
64Riverwoods, ILPopulation: 3,85481CFA+A+A+A+D+
65Batavia, ILPopulation: 25,69381A+DAAAB+D+
66O'Fallon, ILPopulation: 28,37781ACB+AB+BC+
67Highland, ILPopulation: 9,43481AABAC+C+C+
68Campton Hills, ILPopulation: 10,98581C+FA+A+A+AD+
69Bartlett, ILPopulation: 41,01781A+DA+AAAD+
70Maryville, ILPopulation: 7,48081BC+A+AB+BC+
71Geneseo, ILPopulation: 6,60481AA+AAC+C+D+
72Bannockburn, ILPopulation: 1,45681BFAA+A+A+D+
73Normal, ILPopulation: 52,98681A+ABAC+BC
74Chatham, ILPopulation: 11,80781B+ABAB+BC
75Crystal Lake, ILPopulation: 40,86781A+CB+AB+BD+
76Palatine, ILPopulation: 68,33881A+DA+ABB+D+
77Swansea, ILPopulation: 13,49581B+ABABBC+
78Trenton, ILPopulation: 2,71781C+A+AABC+C+
79St. Jacob, ILPopulation: 1,41281D+AA+AB+C+C+
80Godfrey, ILPopulation: 17,94181BAAAC+C+C+
81Indian Creek, ILPopulation: 52680AFA+AA+AD+
82Lake in the Hills, ILPopulation: 28,89480A+CA+BB+BD+
83Inverness, ILPopulation: 7,45780CFA+A+A+A+D+
84St. Charles, ILPopulation: 33,04680A+DAAB+B+D+
85Rockton, ILPopulation: 7,37080BAAAB+BD
86Lincolnshire, ILPopulation: 7,22880B+FA+A+AA+D+
87Orland Park, ILPopulation: 56,60780A+DAAB+B+D+
88Brookfield, ILPopulation: 18,81280A+DAABB+C
89Mount Zion, ILPopulation: 5,70380CA+A+ABC+C+
90Crystal Lawns, ILPopulation: 1,94180A+CA+ABBD+
91Roselle, ILPopulation: 22,81480A+DA+AB+B+D+
92Byron, ILPopulation: 3,70980BA+A+AC+C+D
93Manhattan, ILPopulation: 6,45680B+CA+A+B+BD+
94Vernon Hills, ILPopulation: 25,14480A+DAAAAD+
95Riverside, ILPopulation: 8,85980A+FB+AAAC
96New Lenox, ILPopulation: 24,36980ADAAAB+D+
97Millstadt, ILPopulation: 3,94680BB+AB+BBB
98Woodstock, ILPopulation: 24,78180A+B+AB+BBD
99Green Oaks, ILPopulation: 3,85280BFA+AA+A+D
100La Grange Park, ILPopulation: 13,55280ADA+ABAC
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