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Best Places To Live In Illinois 2018

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score86
  • Western Springs, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,133
  • I have lived in this city all my life. There is no other place I can call home. I have undergone the full public education system and even changed elementary schools. It’s a city with very impressive
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  • Clarendon Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,641
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  • Waterloo, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,197
  • In all my 34 years of living in Waterloo, Illinois I can honestly say I have never had a bad day based on where I live. Of course I've had bad days for other reasons, but honestly living here has helped
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  • Geneva, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 21,732
  • Geneva, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago, but you honestly would never know it's anywhere near such a big city. It's a nice place that has a semi-country feel to it. The public transit system is
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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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  • 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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  • Hinsdale, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,438
  • Hinsdale, Illinois is a suburb of Chicago located to the west/southwest of the city. It is a diverse and welcoming community and definitely geared more towards the upper middle-class with the higher
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  • Deerfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,686
  • I had an exceptional time with my family while living in Deerfield Illinois. The community that is 25 miles from Chicago, promotes family, fun, and leisure activities. This city houses the headquarters
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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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  • Wilmette, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,367
  • There’s no many things biblical about Wilmette, but it fits. Everyone who lives here has a sense of compassion for their neighbor. Throughout the day, you’ll find many of them out and about, which I
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  • Northfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,374
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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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  • Libertyville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 20,435
  • Libertyville, Illinois is a far north suburb of Chicago. The housing market in Libertyville is great, being that house prices are low and property taxes remain more reasonable than what you'd find living
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  • Lake Bluff, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,758
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  • Lincolnshire, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,291
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  • Glencoe, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,870
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  • Itasca, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,502
  • Although I might have went to some bad dining places, Itasca isn't so bad. The hotel I stayed at with my family was great, especially the
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  • Glen Carbon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,782
  • I adore living here, I moved here because I so love their parks. It is a large suburban city with an atmosphere that offers its residents affordable living. With that being said, the job market here 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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  • Barrington, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,449
  • Barrington; the best city to reside! I have lived in this city for eight years. I like the manner people in this city interact with each other and is an excellent place to raise a family. The town has
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  • La Grange, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 15,688
  • Living in La Grange for the past 22 years has been just absolute perfection for us. After my husband retired we wanted to get out of the big city and enjoy some beautiful scenery and small-town life. La
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  • Algonquin, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 30,413
  • Algonquin, IL is situated as one of the farthest of the northwest suburbs of Chicago. It boasts an excellent public school system, and the crime is low especially compared to other surrounding suburbs.
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  • Northbrook, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,538
  • I love living in Northbrook! My husband and I moved here from New York when he got transferred to the Chicago office. This Northbrook was the perfect option for us because we needed to be close to the
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  • Edwardsville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,044
  • Living in Edwardsville, IL is a beautiful place. We have many parks. We have an industrial town that was merged with us, making our city even larger than it originally was. Edwardsville is named after
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  • St. Charles, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 32,745
  • It was a joy living in St Charles Illinois, the city with 'Pride of the Fox' as a motto. Living in the west suburbs offered a multitude of amenities and nightlife activities. The city of over 33,000 in
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  • Orland Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,241
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  • Winnetka, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,437
  • I experienced beautiful vivacity while living in Winnetka Illinois. The city is located in Cook County. Cedar Lake is about 16 miles from Chicago’s central downtown area. The town is highly affluent,
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  • Winfield, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,543
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  • Morton Grove, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 23,413
  • I have lived in Morton Grove, IL for the last 10 years and have yet to find a better mid western area for young professionals. This city is packed with local amenities that make entertainment,
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  • Columbia, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,193
  • I have lived in Columbia, Illinois for all of my life except for my four years I was away at college. I can't picture myself living anywhere else, no do I want to! The people that call Columbia home are
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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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  • 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
  • It's was fair living here, it's an industrial and cultural city. I particularly love the easy access to the various rail and bus services; offered. What I also liked about the area was their economic
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  • River Forest, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,217
  • I’ve lived in River Forest, IL City and had the most incredible experience. The city location is near the western limit of Chicago. The area is so beautiful, although the cost of living and property
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  • Lemont, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,587
  • These days it isn't easy to find a nice place to live with a small town feel and great people that make up a fantastic community, but that's exactly what you will find here in Lemont, IL! I have been
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  • Morton, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 16,343
  • Morton. IL is one of those places you pray you will find when you are ready to pull up stakes and relocate. I know that was the case with me 11 years ago when I moved here. I have been living in Morton
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  • Campton Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,500
  • Campton Hills is a city within Kane County that houses more than 11,200 residents. When you look at the transportation aspect for the city, it has the highest amount of air departures and the most rail
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  • Hoffman Estates, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 51,727
  • I received a ticket for driving on a suspended license in Hoffman Estates. I was arrested and my car was towed.I proved without a doubt that the State of Illinois should have never issued the suspended
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  • Glen Ellyn, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,894
  • In my opinion there is no better place to live than Glen Ellyn. It is a vibrant and bustling city. There are many young people and new families in the area to make sure that there is always something to
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  • 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
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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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  • Lake in the Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 28,908
  • Lake in the Hill is one of those small towns outside of a major city that’s a mix of the strange and developing. Living in there, you quickly gather that there’s something weird about the people. For
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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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  • Lake Zurich, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,950
  • My family and I valued our experiences while living in Lake Zurich Illinois. The city is a smaller segment of Chicago and is named for its lake. It is a great place to raise families. I have confidence
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  • Palos Heights, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,544
  • I experienced amazing moments while living in Palos Heights Illinois. The city is in Cook County. Palos Heights is close to Mount Greenwood Chicago. The town is split into three districts and includes a
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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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  • West Dundee, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,369
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  • Oswego, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 33,245
  • Living in Oswego, Illinois, has a few upsides and a few downsides. One of the upsides, which I like a lot about the city, is that the crime rate is exceedingly low and the jobs pay quite well. I had no
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  • Vernon Hills, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,910
  • Vernon Hills has lots of great things to do whether you're welcoming friends or family into the city or want to find more local activities that your loved ones will enjoy. Locations like Beerhead Bar
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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

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.