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
2Kenilworth, ILPopulation: 2,66986A+FA+A+A+A+D+
3Glencoe, ILPopulation: 8,72886A+FA+A+A+A+D+
4Winnetka, ILPopulation: 12,21086A+FA+A+A+A+D+
5Hinsdale, ILPopulation: 16,59485A+FA+A+A+A+C
6Forsyth, ILPopulation: 3,78584BAA+AAB+C+
7Golf, ILPopulation: 59084B+DA+AA+A+D+
8Wilmette, ILPopulation: 27,20284A+FAA+A+A+D+
9Long Grove, ILPopulation: 8,03183AFA+A+A+A+D+
10Burr Ridge, ILPopulation: 10,59083A+FA+A+A+A+C
11Northfield, ILPopulation: 5,23483A+FA+A+AA+D+
12Clarendon Hills, ILPopulation: 8,43483A+FA+A+AA+C
13Morton, ILPopulation: 16,25583AA+AABBC
14Western Springs, ILPopulation: 12,85383A+FA+A+A+A+C
15Lake Forest, ILPopulation: 19,06883A+FA+A+A+A+D
16Highland Park, ILPopulation: 29,90983A+FA+A+AA+D+
17Rochester, ILPopulation: 3,71283C+A+A+AABC
18Geneva, ILPopulation: 21,58883A+DA+AAAD+
19La Grange, ILPopulation: 15,56383A+FA+AAAC
20Edwardsville, ILPopulation: 24,09383A+C+AABBC+
21Deerfield, ILPopulation: 18,45283AFA+A+A+A+D+
22Barrington, ILPopulation: 10,73982A+FA+A+AA+D+
23Northbrook, ILPopulation: 33,09582A+FA+A+AA+D+
24Sherman, ILPopulation: 3,89382CA+A+AB+BC
25Washington, ILPopulation: 15,05282AA+AABBC
26Buffalo Grove, ILPopulation: 41,66782A+FA+A+AAD+
27Lockport, ILPopulation: 24,67282AB+AAB+BD+
28Elmhurst, ILPopulation: 44,38582A+FA+AAAD+
29Libertyville, ILPopulation: 20,38882A+FA+AAAD
30River Forest, ILPopulation: 11,17482A+FBA+A+A+D+
31Glenview, ILPopulation: 44,47882A+FA+A+AA+D+
32Lisle, ILPopulation: 22,45382A+DA+ABAD+
33Wheaton, ILPopulation: 53,15582A+FA+AB+AD+
34Manhattan, ILPopulation: 6,45682B+BA+A+B+BD+
35Lake Zurich, ILPopulation: 19,67982A+FA+AAAD+
36South Barrington, ILPopulation: 4,73882CDA+A+A+A+D+
37Crystal Lawns, ILPopulation: 1,94182A+BA+ABBD+
38Trout Valley, ILPopulation: 58482B+DA+A+A+AD+
39Kildeer, ILPopulation: 3,95282B+FA+A+A+A+D+
40Winfield, ILPopulation: 9,16882ADA+A+AAD+
41Hawthorn Woods, ILPopulation: 7,45182BFA+A+A+A+D+
42Marion, ILPopulation: 17,19882A+A+A+B+CCB
43Park Ridge, ILPopulation: 37,26682A+FA+A+B+AD+
44Port Byron, ILPopulation: 1,72082C+A+A+AB+BD+
45Germantown Hills, ILPopulation: 3,40682CB+A+A+ABC
46Arlington Heights, ILPopulation: 75,22182A+FA+A+B+AD+
47Mascoutah, ILPopulation: 7,57882BAA+ABC+C+
48Frankfort, ILPopulation: 17,78782ADA+A+AAD+
49Glen Ellyn, ILPopulation: 27,50381A+FA+AAAD+
50Chatham, ILPopulation: 11,80781B+A+BAB+BC
51Timberlane, ILPopulation: 1,11881DA+A+AAB+D
52Twin Grove, ILPopulation: 1,50481FA+A+AAB+C
53Naperville, ILPopulation: 142,14381ADAA+AAD+
54Prestbury, ILPopulation: 1,82281B+DA+A+AAD
55Downers Grove, ILPopulation: 48,62181A+FAA+B+AD+
56Batavia, ILPopulation: 25,69381A+D+AAAB+D+
57Lake Bluff, ILPopulation: 6,21481B+FA+A+A+A+D
58Monticello, ILPopulation: 5,29781B+AA+ABC+C
59Sycamore, ILPopulation: 17,50581A+AAABBD+
60Tinley Park, ILPopulation: 56,34081A+C+AAB+B+D+
61Teutopolis, ILPopulation: 1,81781D+A+A+ABC+C+
62Normal, ILPopulation: 52,98681A+A+BAC+BC
63Plainfield, ILPopulation: 39,03081ADA+AAAD+
64Channahon, ILPopulation: 12,37781BBA+AABD+
65St. Charles, ILPopulation: 33,04681A+D+AAB+B+D+
66Mettawa, ILPopulation: 50281BFA+A+A+A+D+
67Geneseo, ILPopulation: 6,60481AA+AAC+C+D+
68Smithton, ILPopulation: 3,64881CAA+BBBC+
69Campton Hills, ILPopulation: 10,98581C+DA+A+A+AD+
70Oak Brook, ILPopulation: 7,90581A+FBA+A+A+D+
71Flossmoor, ILPopulation: 9,38781A+DB+A+AB+C
72Crystal Lake, ILPopulation: 40,86781A+CB+AB+BD+
73Aviston, ILPopulation: 1,95381DAA+AB+BC+
74New Lenox, ILPopulation: 24,36981AD+AAAB+D+
75Crainville, ILPopulation: 1,23081BA+AB+CCB
76Lake in the Hills, ILPopulation: 28,89481A+CA+BB+BD+
77Wilmington, ILPopulation: 5,91881B+A+A+BBBD+
78Cary, ILPopulation: 18,20281ADA+AAB+D+
79Riverwoods, ILPopulation: 3,85481CFA+A+A+A+D+
80Bannockburn, ILPopulation: 1,45681BFAA+A+A+D+
81Rockton, ILPopulation: 7,37081BA+AAB+BD
82Palos Park, ILPopulation: 4,80581B+FA+A+B+AC
83Mokena, ILPopulation: 18,42481BD+A+A+AAD+
84Mount Zion, ILPopulation: 5,70380CA+A+ABC+C+
85O'Fallon, ILPopulation: 28,37780ACB+AB+BC+
86Highland, ILPopulation: 9,43480AABAC+C+C+
87Woodstock, ILPopulation: 24,78180A+B+AB+BBD
88Bartlett, ILPopulation: 41,01780A+DA+AAAD+
89Columbia, ILPopulation: 9,68780BC+AABBB
90Trenton, ILPopulation: 2,71780C+A+AABC+C+
91Inverness, ILPopulation: 7,45780CFA+A+A+A+D+
92Palatine, ILPopulation: 68,33880A+DA+ABB+D+
93Godfrey, ILPopulation: 17,94180BAAAC+C+C+
94Indian Creek, ILPopulation: 52680AFA+AA+AD+
95Holiday Shores, ILPopulation: 2,92180FAA+A+B+BC+
96Swansea, ILPopulation: 13,49580B+ABABBC+
97Ottawa, ILPopulation: 19,25880A+A+ABC+C+C
98Byron, ILPopulation: 3,70980BA+A+AC+C+D
99Maryville, ILPopulation: 7,48080BC+A+AB+BC+
100Warrenville, ILPopulation: 13,34680ACA+ABBD+
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