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Places With The Best Housing In Illinois 2020

Nearby Areas With A High Livability Score83
  • Lakemoor, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,313
80
  • Berkeley, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,201
69
  • Berwyn, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 56,414
  • Never bother with this backwards shithole of a town and govt. From its retarded "street cleaning" policy, which doesn't really clean shit on any street, and is totally meant as a parking violation money…[read more]
73
  • Streamwood, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,552
  • Living in Streamwood is amazing. I never thought I was one for small cities. I grew up in Chicago and was used to endless shopping trips and tons of takeout options. I didn't learn to cook until I was…[read more]
87
  • South Elgin, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 22,274
  • South Elgin is located just south of Elgin, Illinois and is a far west suburb of Chicago. The city is known for being excellent for families by having a great public school system and having well-policed…[read more]
72
  • Cicero, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 83,972
  • Recently I visited the city of Cicero, Illinois with my family when we were vacationing in the Chicago, Illinois area. We stayed at a really nice, clean hotel in Cicero called the Cindy Lyn Motel. We…[read more]
78
  • Carpentersville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,275
  • I lived in Carpentersville for a few years and it was a decent place to live in. It's a short drive northwest of Chicago, so if you work in or close to the city it's a decent choice. The homes are…[read more]
77
  • Hanover Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,331
  • After I graduated from college, I quickly found a job in Chicago. I was excited: It was hard to get a job in the work climate I graduated into. I was thankful, but not looking forward to living somewhere…[read more]
86
  • Grandwood Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,471
86
  • 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…[read more]
77
  • Bensenville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,431
  • Moving has never been an easy task, but moving to Bensenville, has always been the best move. I have lived in this place since I was 9 and could not recommend any other. Let me start with a nutshell of…[read more]
74
  • Round Lake Beach, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 27,936
  • Round Lake Beach is one of Chicago's farther northwest suburbs. It has a sizable diverse population and is one of several communities surrounding Round Lake. It is close to Gurnee which has more shopping…[read more]
72
  • Island Lake, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,025
78
  • Stickney, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 6,778
71
  • Franklin Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 18,290
  • I can tell you that those evaluations are not true. THERE IS NO JOBS, SCHOOLS ARE GHETTO, POLICE IS AGAINST ITS OWN RESIDENTS, AND PLAIN IGNORANT TRASH, PEOPLE ARE POOR, THERE ARE NO STORES, OR…[read more]
83
  • O'Fallon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 29,078
  • There’s a lot to love about the suburb of O’Fallon, the people are wonderful, the weather throughout the years is manageable and St. Luis is a hope and skip away. When I first moved to O’Fallon, it was…[read more]
84
  • Crystal Lake, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 40,475
  • I currently live in an area called Crystal Lake that is located in Illinois. There is so much to love about this area including the excellent education as well the the local amenities in this area. I was…[read more]
86
  • Warrenville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,415
  • Living in Warrenville, Illinois is like living nowhere else! St. James Farm Forest and Preserve is located here and it's my most favorite place in the world to visit! Over 612 acres of natural forest…[read more]
70
  • Summit, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,409
  • Summit has a variety of attractions that will appeal to your various interests, so you're sure to find something fun and exciting to do once you become a Summit resident. Check out the Brookfield Zoo…[read more]
65
  • Beach Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,788
  • I live in Beach Park, Illinois and it is a good place for me to call home. Beach Park is approximately a 40 minute drive to Chicago. Living in Beach Park, Illinois gives me the perk of being close to a…[read more]
77
  • Elgin, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 111,919
  • This community is wonderful. All of the neighbors are friendly and there are great community events offered. You can walk downtown to all amazing attractions and Restaurant Row. There are plenty of parks…[read more]
75
  • Mount Zion, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,894
74
  • Glendale Heights, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 34,395
  • SOMETHING STINKS IN GLENDALE HEIGHTS #GlendaleHeightsSKUNKS!!! They are all up and down the parkway at night, along Mill Pond Rd where I live. They won't do anything to eradicate the skunk problem. I've…[read more]
78
  • Romeoville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 39,739
  • Yes, the town I live in has a cheesy name, but the doesn't make it any less of a good place to live. Living in Romeoville, which is actually a cute little village, is pretty fantastic. You get access to…[read more]
79
  • Wheeling, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 38,008
  • I've been living in Wheeling for a few years now and so far, it's been a really enjoyable city to live in. I like to go running at night, and I've found that one of the best areas in Wheeling for…[read more]
73
  • Joliet, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 147,515
  • I visited the city of Joliet, Il in the summer of 2008, with my husband. This was in the month of August. It was chilly, the temperature did not go up past 75 during the day and at night it dropped to…[read more]
71
  • Wauconda, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 13,549
  • Tthe Village surrounds pristine swim , pontoon boating Bangs Lake surrounded by beautifl forest preserve with wildlife a ,dog run,, and trailfor bikes walkers and horses from stables in Wauconda. Once…[read more]
65
  • Fox Lake, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 10,434
  • Its sad, because Fox Lake could be a very pretty area but it's just not a desirable place to live, unless you are a boater. Even then it's still not the greatest area to live in. Run down buildings,…[read more]
81
  • Cary, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 17,946
  • Cary and the surrounding areas have great activities that are ideal for nature lovers and history buffs. There are also popular evening hangouts where you can grab a meal with friends. Tracks is one of…[read more]
67
  • Waukegan, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 88,159
  • I moved here for a short while and regretted it. The city is run down, very dirty, roads are filled with pot holes and they never seem to get fixed. Property taxes are to high here i would never buy a…[read more]
77
  • Aurora, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 200,907
  • The town has a lot amenities, however it is more expensive than most. I have found the they have additional service fees on Mobile phones, cable as well as utilities. You can get to anything quickly…[read more]
66
  • Broadview, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,915
70
  • Mascoutah, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,917
  • School system gets >$10M per year from the Federal Impact Aid received for military children from Scott AFB attending these schools. *BEWARE* There's no advantages for military families, parent pay all…[read more]
80
  • Mundelein, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 31,550
  • The city of Mundelein, Illinois is a suburb located approximately 35 miles north of Chicago with a population of 31,064. This quaint little village has been around since the mid 1600's, initially the…[read more]
81
  • Channahon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,329
  • There's more to Illinois than just Chicago, and there's definitely more to Channahon than you might first think. Located within driving distance of the Windy City, it's a small village with a lot of…[read more]
68
  • Bellwood, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 19,146
  • Bellwood is a village located in Cook county in the state of Illinois. The village is a residential area that is constantly evolving with time. Bellwood has a number of schools, both primary and…[read more]
76
  • Hampshire, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,732
  • Very quiet and peaceful with 0 crime. Nice little country farming town! Snowmobile and ATV trails all around and horse trails. I’m on 17 acres and can hunt and farm on my land. Long as you stay away…[read more]
72
  • Plano, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 11,929
  • I've been living in Plano Illinois for the last 4 years and have enjoyed the small-town atmosphere and unique culture in this very neighborly and friendly town with my two kids and wife. Plano has all…[read more]
88
  • 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.…[read more]
72
  • Shelbyville, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,147
84
  • 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…[read more]
73
  • Melrose Park, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 25,422
  • Living in Melrose is great as long as you don't mind the cooler temperatures and rain. There are a ton of amenities in the area and we do have public transit if you need it. We have coffee shops,…[read more]
83
  • Dixon, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 14,802
  • I love living in Dixon, Illinois and think it's a great place to raise a family! There's a lot of rich history in this town and plenty to do no matter what day of the week it may be and regardless of the…[read more]
76
  • Northlake, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,339
  • I've enjoyed living in Northlake Illinois for my entire life and cherish the small-town climate. The great amenities are great here. Northlake has strong academics for quality education. It is one of the…[read more]
77
  • Monmouth, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,272
79
  • Effingham, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 12,650
  • I experienced a great time while living in Effingham Illinois, the crossroads of opportunity. The city is in Effingham County. Effingham Illinois is close to Altamont Illinois. The town is centrally…[read more]
70
  • Chester, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 8,599
65
  • Carmi, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 5,065
66
  • Robinson, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 7,447
64
  • Rochelle, IL
  • (City)
  • Population: 9,385

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.