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Best Places To Live In Illinois 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score83
  • Western Springs, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,133
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  • Clarendon Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,641
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  • Waterloo, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,197
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  • La Grange, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,688
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  • Libertyville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,435
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  • Barrington, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,449
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  • Deerfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,686
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  • Wheaton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 53,568
  • I have lived in Wheaton, Illinois for a few years now. It has quickly become my favorite place to live. I love its deep-rooted sense of community. This is a very family friendly town. Living here is like
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  • Lisle, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,989
  • Lisle is a great place for a family. I never hear about crime and it has a family feel to it. It is close to 2 different malls (yorktown and fox valley) and because it is so close to Naperville there is
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  • Arlington Heights, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 75,721
  • Im a liberal and this place is great. im also a transgender and idetify as a vending machine and people accept me around here. i acted like a vending machine and someone put a $1 inside of me since i was
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  • Hinsdale, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,438
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  • Elmhurst, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 45,742
  • I lived in Elmhurst, Illinois about 10 years ago and for a suburban community with a relatively modest population, about 32,000, it was a relatively quiet community. I was fortunate enough to live close
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  • Morton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,343
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  • St. Charles, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,745
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  • Orland Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,241
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  • River Forest, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,217
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  • Edwardsville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,044
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  • Glen Ellyn, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,894
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  • Naperville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 145,789
  • On June 7 traveling with my daughter and her son I drove her car to the Naperville commuter station. I parked in the public lot north of the station in stall #829. I then went to the station to pay on
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  • Northbrook, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,538
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  • Morton Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,413
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  • Glencoe, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,870
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  • Orland Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 58,612
  • I been living in this town for the last 20 year, and I still love this town, However I been seen a lot changes in the last 5 years. Some very good changes some not that great school education is one of
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  • Northfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,374
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  • Winnetka, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,437
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  • Geneva, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,732
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  • Buffalo Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,554
  • I lived in Buffalo Grove, Illinois for about 8 years in my mid-twenties. I lived on the north side which is more commercial than the southern side which is more residential and family friendly. There
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  • Vernon Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,910
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  • West Dundee, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,369
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  • Park Ridge, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 37,567
  • One of my favorite suburbs of all Chicago. Infested with intellectual businessmen and doctors. Also a great family friendly area with absolutely NO areas to avoid. You could stay out at 11 pm and still
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  • Oak Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,989
  • As a girl I relocated many times with my family, mostly oversees, as my father was proficient in a variety of languages, an asset his company chose to mine abundantly. When at last we returned to living
76
  • Lincolnshire, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,291
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  • Lemont, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,587
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  • Glen Carbon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,782
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  • Palos Heights, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,544
75
  • Burr Ridge, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,736
75
  • Wilmette, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,367
75
  • Huntley, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,831
75
  • Highland Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,780
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  • Hickory Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,858
75
  • Roscoe, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,666
75
  • Lake Zurich, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,950
75
  • Lake Bluff, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,758
75
  • Palatine, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 69,098
  • Like with every area theres a ghetto but 90% of Palatine is safe. The downtown has been newly redone with a fair amount of bars/shopping and places to eat all within walking distance. Though
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  • Bartlett, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,475
  • If your child has a bus stop in front of a park DO NOT expect that the City will shovel the sidewalk. Your child will stand in snow until the bus comes to get them. I had to go out and shovel so the kids
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  • Glenview, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 46,559
  • An elegant midwestern city situated approximately 25 minutes from downtown Chicago. Glenview, Illinois holds approximately 46,000 people. The winters are tough, but the summers go unmatched. Lake
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  • Schaumburg, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 74,366
  • schaumburg is a very nice place.but it is also very expensive.if you have the money it is great .there is lots to do there. lots of resteraunts and overall a very nice place to live. The prices on the
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  • La Grange Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,596
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  • Hoffman Estates, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,727
  • Used to be a nice clean place to live. Now, all areas are run down with dead trees, broken fences, overgrown lawns and houses that need major upkeep.You go to any store now it's all foreigners. The
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  • Brookfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,966

Illinois: The Cultural Epicenter

There are plenty of amazing places to live in Illinois, and maybe one of these top spots will strike your fancy. Whether you're attracted to the cultural epicenter of the Midwest that is Chicago, a small Midwestern town lifestyle, the amazing farmer's markets or the state's industry, there are plenty of amazing best places to live in Illinois.

Located in America's heartland, the Midwest, Illinois is a mostly landlocked state, bordered by Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky. The state does border Lake Michigan on the northeast corner and the Mighty Mississippi runs down the western border of the state, creating major shipping routes. Chicago is the most populated city in Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States. The state's capital is Springfield, which is a mecca for Lincoln buffs.

Illinois is primarily a flat, agricultural state, and driving across it you will see lots of farm fields and forests. Southern Illinois offers more dynamic landscapes, with rolling hills, swamplands and the sprawling Shawnee National Forest. While Illinois has no natural lakes, it does have many rivers for water sports, and many old river towns along the Mississippi in particular have a lot of charm. Illinois' climate varies throughout the year and even wildly day-to-day, though in general the state has hot, humid summers and cold winters.

Illinois is the very image of the Midwest, with hardworking, "Midwestern Nice" people calling the state home. While largely agricultural (roughly eighty percent of the state's land) and speckled with small farm towns, there are centers of busting urban culture in both the Chicagoland area as well as Champaign-Urbana, where the main University of Illinois campus is located, Peoria and Springfield. Parts of southwestern Illinois along the Mississippi River are also considered part of the St. Louis metropolitan area. The countryside, where much of the nation's corn, soybeans and pumpkins are grown, has a lot of Midwestern charm. The cost of living in Illinois is slightly higher than the national average but it is far from the priciest state, especially in cities and towns outside the Chicagoland area. To compensate for this, Illinois also has a higher average income than most other states.

The state has plenty of amenities to offer its residents and nearly countless things to do, whether you want to spend a day at the Brookfield Zoo, see a Cubs or Bears game, visit one of the many museums across the state, go to a pumpkin patch or orchard, have a night out at the theater or go fishing or camping. Illinois boasts several beautiful parks, including Starved Rock State Park and its canyons, waterfalls and rock formations that can be found nowhere else in the Midwest and Shawnee National Forest with its own stunning rock formations. The state is also rich in history and historical sites, particularly surrounding President Abraham Lincoln, who gave the state its slogan: "Land of Lincoln."

With loads of great places to live, it might be difficult to decide where in Illinois you would like to end up. We've helped you out by compiling a list of our top best places to live in Illinois. You can further customize your list by specifying your search radius, population size, home/rent budget and what metrics (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment, housing, weather) are most important to you.