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Places With The Best Housing In Illinois 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score71
  • Long Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,065
78
  • Winnetka, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,437
69
  • Inverness, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,844
79
  • Hinsdale, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,438
78
  • Glencoe, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,870
70
  • Lake Forest, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,881
  • Lake Forest is a very wealthy community in what is known as 'the north shore' - 25 miles north of the city of Chicago along the shore of Lake Michigan. Two train lines run into the city so commuting is
75
  • Lake Bluff, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,758
75
  • Wilmette, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,367
71
  • Oak Brook, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,988
83
  • Western Springs, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,133
69
  • Hawthorn Woods, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,590
75
  • Burr Ridge, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,736
80
  • Deerfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,686
78
  • Northfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,374
75
  • Highland Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,780
80
  • Barrington, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,449
79
  • River Forest, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,217
78
  • Northbrook, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,538
82
  • Clarendon Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,641
74
  • 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
80
  • Libertyville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,435
80
  • La Grange, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,688
76
  • Lincolnshire, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,291
73
  • Campton Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,500
78
  • Glen Ellyn, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,894
78
  • 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
65
  • Riverside, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,779
79
  • 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
77
  • 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
73
  • Frankfort, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,415
69
  • Lincolnwood, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,637
76
  • 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
80
  • 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
75
  • Lake Zurich, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,950
76
  • Lemont, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,587
77
  • Vernon Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,910
74
  • Evanston, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 75,472
  • After calling Evanston, Illinois, home for four years, I only have good things to say about the city/township. Nestled into the North Shore and the first suburb north of Chicago, Evanston has a charm all
65
  • Willow Springs, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,677
80
  • 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
65
  • Downers Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 49,555
  • I lived in Downers Grove for three years while attending flight school at O'Hare Airport and I loved the city. It has an upbeat attitude in part because it was not affected by the economy as much as
74
  • La Grange Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,596
77
  • Geneva, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,732
71
  • Spring Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,578
77
  • 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
79
  • 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
69
  • Highwood, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,377
67
  • Plainfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 41,881
  • Situated around forty-five minutes South-West of Chicago, Plainfield, IL is a pretty darn nice place to call home. Having lived here for about five years now, I have found that although the cost of
70
  • Mokena, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,839
72
  • Winfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,543
69
  • Homer Glen, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 24,385

Housing is one of the most important factors when deciding where to live in Illinois. Housing prices continue to rise, but there are still some deals to be had. When searching for a new home, you want to ensure that home prices in that area are appreciating, but you also need to ensure that the home prices will fit within you budget. AreaVibes used science and data to create a list of the best cities in Illinois to buy a new home with a population over 5,000 people.

The cities listed above have been chosen as the best places to buy a new home in Illinois as they have seen high appreciation rates combined with a solid income to home price affordability ratio. High appreciation rates are a good indicator that the home will continue to increase in value, while the affordability ratio ensure that homes in that area are affordable based on the median household income to home price ratio.

To further narrow your search results for the best places to purchase a new home in Illinois, you can use the filters. Start by selecting cities and/or neighborhoods, city size based on population, categories (amenities, crime, cost of living, education, employment and weather) as well as home/rent prices to ensure that the cities fall within your budget.