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
1Leland Grove, ILPopulation: 1,74087AAA+A+ABC
2Winnetka, ILPopulation: 12,21086A+FA+A+A+A+D+
3Kenilworth, ILPopulation: 2,66986A+FA+A+A+A+D+
4Glencoe, ILPopulation: 8,72886A+FA+A+A+A+D+
5Hinsdale, ILPopulation: 16,59486A+FA+A+A+A+C
6Forsyth, ILPopulation: 3,78585BAA+AAB+C+
7Golf, ILPopulation: 59085B+DA+AA+A+D+
8Wilmette, ILPopulation: 27,20285A+FA+A+A+A+D+
9Western Springs, ILPopulation: 12,85385A+FA+A+A+A+C
10Highland Park, ILPopulation: 29,90985A+FA+A+AA+D+
11Glenview, ILPopulation: 44,47884A+FA+A+AA+D+
12Edwardsville, ILPopulation: 24,09384A+C+A+ABBC+
13La Grange, ILPopulation: 15,56384A+FA+AAAC
14Morton, ILPopulation: 16,25584B+A+A+ABBC
15Oak Park, ILPopulation: 51,78184A+FA+A+B+AC
16Northbrook, ILPopulation: 33,09584A+FA+A+AA+D+
17Deerfield, ILPopulation: 18,45284AFA+A+A+A+D+
18Geneva, ILPopulation: 21,58884A+DA+AAAD+
19Elmhurst, ILPopulation: 44,38584A+FA+AAAD+
20Glen Ellyn, ILPopulation: 27,50384A+FA+AAAD+
21Northfield, ILPopulation: 5,23484AFA+A+AA+D+
22Burr Ridge, ILPopulation: 10,59084AFA+A+A+A+C
23Trout Valley, ILPopulation: 58484B+DA+A+A+AD+
24Highland, ILPopulation: 9,43484B+AA+AC+C+C+
25Barrington, ILPopulation: 10,73983A+FA+A+AA+D+
26Jerome, ILPopulation: 1,53083AA+A+AC+CC
27Crystal Lawns, ILPopulation: 1,94183A+BA+ABBD+
28Washington, ILPopulation: 15,05283BA+A+ABBC
29Clarendon Hills, ILPopulation: 8,43483AFA+A+AA+C
30Lisle, ILPopulation: 22,45383A+DA+ABAD+
31Riverside, ILPopulation: 8,85983A+FA+AAAC
32River Forest, ILPopulation: 11,17483A+FAA+A+A+D+
33Rochester, ILPopulation: 3,71283D+A+A+AABC
34Port Byron, ILPopulation: 1,72083C+A+A+AB+BD+
35Arlington Heights, ILPopulation: 75,22183A+FA+A+B+AD+
36Park Ridge, ILPopulation: 37,26683A+FA+A+B+AD+
37Naperville, ILPopulation: 142,14383ADA+A+AAD+
38Mettawa, ILPopulation: 50283BFA+A+A+A+D+
39Lake Zurich, ILPopulation: 19,67983A+FA+AAAD+
40Monticello, ILPopulation: 5,29783B+AA+ABC+C
41Crainville, ILPopulation: 1,23083BA+A+B+CCB
42Lockport, ILPopulation: 24,67283BB+A+AB+BD+
43Frankfort, ILPopulation: 17,78782B+DA+A+AAD+
44Flossmoor, ILPopulation: 9,38782B+DA+A+AB+C
45Hometown, ILPopulation: 4,34682A+B+A+AC+C+C
46Timberlane, ILPopulation: 1,11882DA+A+AAB+D
47Tinley Park, ILPopulation: 56,34082AC+A+AB+B+D+
48Eureka, ILPopulation: 5,42182BA+A+B+C+C+C
49Libertyville, ILPopulation: 20,38882A+FA+AAAD
50Indian Creek, ILPopulation: 52682AFA+AA+AD+
51Prestbury, ILPopulation: 1,82282B+DA+A+AAD
52Twin Grove, ILPopulation: 1,50482FA+A+AAB+C
53St. Jacob, ILPopulation: 1,41282D+AA+AB+C+C+
54Batavia, ILPopulation: 25,69382AD+A+AAB+D+
55St. Charles, ILPopulation: 33,04682AD+A+AB+B+D+
56Holiday Shores, ILPopulation: 2,92182FAA+A+B+BC+
57Buffalo Grove, ILPopulation: 41,66782AFA+A+AAD+
58Plainfield, ILPopulation: 39,03082BDA+AAAD+
59Teutopolis, ILPopulation: 1,81782D+A+A+ABC+C+
60Wheaton, ILPopulation: 53,15582A+FA+AB+AD+
61Mascoutah, ILPopulation: 7,57882CAA+ABC+C+
62Millstadt, ILPopulation: 3,94682BBA+B+BBB
63Lemont, ILPopulation: 15,95482ADA+AB+AD+
64Dunlap, ILPopulation: 1,58882D+AA+AB+BC
65Monee, ILPopulation: 5,09982CA+A+ABBC
66Palatine, ILPopulation: 68,33881A+DA+ABB+D+
67Lake Bluff, ILPopulation: 6,21481C+FA+A+A+A+D
68Paderborn, ILPopulation: 4081FAAA+ABB
69Geneseo, ILPopulation: 6,60481BA+A+AC+C+D+
70Woodstock, ILPopulation: 24,78181A+B+A+B+BBD
71Woodridge, ILPopulation: 32,92681B+CA+AB+B+D+
72Palos Heights, ILPopulation: 12,44681A+FA+AB+B+C
73Smithton, ILPopulation: 3,64881CAA+BBBC+
74Byron, ILPopulation: 3,70981BA+A+AC+C+D
75Mahomet, ILPopulation: 7,23081C+C+A+A+B+BC
76Germantown Hills, ILPopulation: 3,40681FB+A+A+ABC
77Columbia, ILPopulation: 9,68781C+C+A+ABBB
78Downers Grove, ILPopulation: 48,62181A+FA+A+B+AD+
79Heritage Lake, ILPopulation: 1,37481FA+A+A+ABC
80Sycamore, ILPopulation: 17,50581BAA+ABBD+
81Breese, ILPopulation: 4,80581CAA+B+BC+C+
82McHenry, ILPopulation: 26,86281ABA+B+BBD
83Bartlett, ILPopulation: 41,01781ADA+AAAD+
84Swansea, ILPopulation: 13,49581CAA+ABBC+
85Winfield, ILPopulation: 9,16881BDA+A+AAD+
86Mokena, ILPopulation: 18,42481C+D+A+A+AAD+
87Warrenville, ILPopulation: 13,34681B+CA+ABBD+
88Orland Hills, ILPopulation: 7,11881AC+A+AB+B+D+
89Waterloo, ILPopulation: 9,82681C+BA+BBBB
90Antioch, ILPopulation: 14,18581ACA+AB+B+D
91Bannockburn, ILPopulation: 1,45681BFA+A+A+A+D+
92Aviston, ILPopulation: 1,95381DAA+AB+BC+
93Normal, ILPopulation: 52,98681AA+B+AC+BC
94Sherman, ILPopulation: 3,89381FA+A+AB+BC
95La Grange Park, ILPopulation: 13,55281AFA+ABAC
96Roanoke, ILPopulation: 2,02581D+A+A+AC+CC
97Bloomington, ILPopulation: 76,52781A+A+C+ABBC
98Vernon Hills, ILPopulation: 25,14481A+FA+AAAD+
99Des Plaines, ILPopulation: 58,30281A+DA+B+BB+D+
100Galena, ILPopulation: 3,46981AA+A+BC+C+D
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