The 10 Best Aurora Suburbs To Live For 2021


We analyzed over 143 places around Aurora to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Aurora suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Aurora are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Aurora for 2021:

  1. River Forest
  2. Western Springs
  3. Hinsdale
  4. La Grange
  5. Inverness
  6. Park Ridge
  7. Winfield
  8. Burr Ridge
  9. Elmhurst
  10. Elburn

What's the best suburb of Aurora? River Forest ranks as the best suburb of Aurora for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of River Forest, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Aurora 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Illinois:

The 10 Best Aurora Suburbs To Live For 2021

River Forest, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,970
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $129,928
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on River Forest: Real Estate | Data | Photos

River Forest is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Aurora area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome River Forest."

Everyone here is rich; families average $129,928 a year, which is the 13th highest in the Aurora region. And only 2.22% are out of work. Homes average more than $596,900 each.

Western Springs, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,272
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Income: $174,760
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Western Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Western Springs is the second best 'burb we looked at near Aurora for 2021.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 1.09% of residents lack insurance, good for 6th best.

Hinsdale, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,710
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $203,368
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Hinsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Hinsdale, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Aurora metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Hinsdale.

La Grange, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,545
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Income: $123,965
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on La Grange: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Grange ranks as the 4th best suburb of Aurora for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in La Grange and the schools are some of the best around.

Inverness, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,633
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $192,576
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.5%
More on Inverness: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Inverness.

Inverness gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Aurora area, where houses sell for an average of $628,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Park Ridge, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 37,457
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Income: $111,642
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Park Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Park Ridge is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.93% which is 19th best in the area.

According to online reports, Park Ridge is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Aurora area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Winfield, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,700
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $113,583
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Winfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Winfield.

Winfield schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 10.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Burr Ridge, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 10,763
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Median Income: $159,335
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Burr Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Burr Ridge is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 2.63% of people lack insurance, good for 27th in the area.

Elmhurst, IL

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 46,463
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Income: $118,609
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Elmhurst: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Elmhurst?'

Almost.

It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

Elburn, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,629
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Income: $104,563
Unemployment Rate: 1.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Elburn: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Elburn.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Aurora for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Aurora was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Aurora.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 142 suburbs to evaluate around Aurora.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 142 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Aurora." We're lookin' at you, River Forest. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Aurora 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Aurora, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Aurora Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 River Forest, IL 10,970 $129,928
2 Western Springs, IL 13,272 $174,760
3 Hinsdale, IL 17,710 $203,368
4 La Grange, IL 15,545 $123,965
5 Inverness, IL 7,633 $192,576
6 Park Ridge, IL 37,457 $111,642
7 Winfield, IL 9,700 $113,583
8 Burr Ridge, IL 10,763 $159,335
9 Elmhurst, IL 46,463 $118,609
10 Elburn, IL 5,629 $104,563
11 Barrington Hills, IL 4,070 $178,162
12 Clarendon Hills, IL 8,716 $111,958
13 South Barrington, IL 4,923 $138,828
14 Campton Hills, IL 11,105 $154,375
15 Deer Park, IL 3,884 $167,448
16 Naperville, IL 147,501 $125,926
17 Glen Ellyn, IL 27,855 $110,678
18 Mokena, IL 20,674 $109,108
19 Frankfort, IL 18,999 $139,145
20 La Grange Park, IL 13,395 $105,783
21 Geneva, IL 21,888 $111,916
22 Wayne, IL 2,439 $134,659
23 Arlington Heights, IL 75,482 $96,340
24 Wheaton, IL 53,270 $103,376
25 Plainfield, IL 43,110 $130,614
26 Barrington, IL 10,290 $117,931
27 Downers Grove, IL 49,470 $94,893
28 Oak Brook, IL 8,075 $141,055
29 New Lenox, IL 26,454 $110,313
30 Riverside, IL 8,759 $111,657
31 Pingree Grove, IL 8,107 $96,125
32 Palos Heights, IL 12,480 $89,286
33 Oak Park, IL 52,233 $94,646
34 Darien, IL 21,884 $96,275
35 Shorewood, IL 17,164 $105,938
36 Lemont, IL 17,023 $99,724
37 Bartlett, IL 41,120 $108,592
38 Sugar Grove, IL 9,689 $118,638
39 Indian Head Park, IL 3,776 $85,910
40 Itasca, IL 9,224 $93,958
41 Sleepy Hollow, IL 3,296 $110,938
42 Orland Hills, IL 7,136 $95,798
43 Roselle, IL 22,754 $90,257
44 St. Charles, IL 32,686 $98,393
45 Huntley, IL 26,966 $75,100
46 Lisle, IL 23,431 $90,588
47 Algonquin, IL 30,799 $102,856
48 Palos Park, IL 4,842 $102,361
49 West Dundee, IL 7,644 $91,970
50 Homer Glen, IL 24,592 $106,818
51 Channahon, IL 12,833 $91,897
52 Brookfield, IL 18,735 $82,435
53 Orland Park, IL 58,749 $90,345
54 Oswego, IL 34,933 $102,110
55 Willowbrook, IL 8,673 $76,997
56 Manhattan, IL 8,164 $102,725
57 Norridge, IL 14,703 $72,570
58 Batavia, IL 26,250 $93,789
59 Hoffman Estates, IL 50,841 $91,917
60 Westchester, IL 16,440 $86,623
61 Lombard, IL 43,998 $82,461
62 Schaumburg, IL 74,194 $83,096
63 Lockport, IL 25,307 $90,475
64 Woodridge, IL 33,455 $86,094
65 Lake In The Hills, IL 28,759 $92,872
66 North Aurora, IL 17,752 $86,537
67 Cortland, IL 4,124 $84,900
68 Bloomingdale, IL 22,027 $86,350
69 Willow Springs, IL 5,604 $83,860
70 Mount Prospect, IL 54,604 $79,733
71 Minooka, IL 11,094 $92,902
72 Gilberts, IL 7,823 $97,135
73 South Elgin, IL 23,039 $99,451
74 Villa Park, IL 21,916 $77,739
75 Palatine, IL 68,407 $80,526
76 Westmont, IL 24,931 $64,416
77 Hinckley, IL 2,137 $73,967
78 Hampshire, IL 6,008 $100,809
79 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 2,752 $72,326
80 Montgomery, IL 19,213 $98,050
81 North Riverside, IL 6,646 $59,340
82 Tinley Park, IL 56,505 $78,343
83 Streamwood, IL 39,809 $80,651
84 Sycamore, IL 17,726 $71,698
85 Forest Park, IL 13,927 $62,664
86 Warrenville, IL 13,158 $87,871
87 Yorkville, IL 19,352 $97,610
88 Rolling Meadows, IL 23,219 $74,134
89 Oak Forest, IL 27,617 $76,945
90 Bolingbrook, IL 74,431 $91,290
91 Carol Stream, IL 39,726 $82,062
92 Elmwood Park, IL 24,468 $59,963
93 Somonauk, IL 2,125 $65,139
94 Elwood, IL 2,367 $79,054
95 Harwood Heights, IL 8,487 $64,523
96 Des Plaines, IL 58,673 $69,760
97 Stickney, IL 6,679 $65,257
98 Countryside, IL 5,961 $60,833
99 Morris, IL 14,237 $63,562
100 Hickory Hills, IL 13,816 $65,226

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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