The 10 Best Chicago Suburbs To Live In For 2023


We analyzed over 165 places around Chicago to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the best Chicago suburbs.

If you need one more reason to move to one of Chicago's best suburbs, HomeSnacks is here to give you ten. We've created a list of the top ten best suburbs in Chi-town for 2023 and listed them below.

Whether you're a die hard Chicago Bears fan, a deep dish 'za fan, or just a fan of a great people, Chicago's suburbs have all this and then some. And because we know that when searching for your forever home, the amount of information can be overwhelming; take the guessing out of the equation and use our guide to help you navigate Chicago's suburban waters.

How did we calculate our list? To get the most scientific list, we looked at the latest FBI data for and Census for Chicago's 166 suburbs. We looked at things like crime reports, median income levels, unemployment rates, and poverty rates for each place. We then ran each suburb through our SnackAbility formula for things like affordability, education levels, safety, and amenities. And, folks, the top ten best suburbs in Chicago are very snack worthy: 8 of the top ten scored a perfect 10/10!

If you're looking for a safe, family friendly Chicago burb, River Forest's real estate agents are ready to take your calls, if you're a new professional just starting out, Clarendon Hills is on Chicago's "L" and the unemployment rate is relatively low and if you are looking for a suburb with lots to do, Inverness has twenty parks and first class shopping.

More importantly, if you don't want to be left out in The Windy City's cold, take a look at our list below so that you are in the know.

Here are the 10 best suburbs to live around Chicago for 2023:

  1. Western Springs
  2. Hinsdale
  3. Wilmette
  4. Winnetka
  5. La Grange
  6. Kenilworth
  7. Deerfield
  8. Park Ridge
  9. Glencoe
  10. Riverside

Chicago is America's 3rd biggest city, so to put up the numbers that this city's best suburbs have done in terms of our SnackAbility criteria, deserves a good 'ol fashioned shout out! Not to mention, Chicago's number one best suburb should be the poster suburb for the rest of the country.

So, what is Chicago's best suburb for 2023? Well, according to the latest data, that award goes to Western Springs.

And if Chicago is your kind of town like it's our kind of town, do yourself a favor and hit that down arrow key to see where the rest of Chicago's suburbs landed on our list.

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 Chicago Suburbs To Live For 2023

Western Springs is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Chicago area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Western Springs."

Everyone here is rich; families average $196,638 a year, which is the 8th highest in the Chicago region. And only 2.83% are out of work. Homes average more than $623,400 each.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,550
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $196,638
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
More on Western Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Western Springs, IL

Hinsdale is the second best 'burb we looked at near Chicago for 2023.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 2.38% of residents lack insurance, good for 24th best.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,148
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $224,185
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Hinsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hinsdale, IL

Here in Wilmette, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Chicago 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 Wilmette.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 27,895
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $173,967
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Wilmette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wilmette, IL

Winnetka ranks as the 4th best suburb of Chicago for 2023.

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

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,658
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
More on Winnetka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winnetka, IL

Coming in as the fifth best is La Grange.

La Grange gets kudos for having the 2most expensive homes in the Chicago area, where houses sell for an average of $514,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 16,220
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $124,292
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on La Grange: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Grange, IL

Kenilworth 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 4.88% which is 80th best in the area.

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

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,423
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on Kenilworth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kenilworth, IL

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

Deerfield 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 24.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 19,228
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $168,568
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Deerfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Deerfield, IL

Park 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 2.99% of people lack insurance, good for 34th in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 39,562
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Income: $124,535
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on Park Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Park Ridge, IL

Is 'Everything Better In Glencoe?'

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,824
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Median Income: $212,132
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.0%
More on Glencoe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glencoe, IL

And rounding out the top ten for 2023 is Riverside.

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.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,346
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 7)
Median Income: $128,808
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Riverside: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Riverside, IL

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Chicago for 2023

Figuring out the best suburbs around Chicago 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 2017-2021 to research each suburb.

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

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 1,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 166 suburbs to evaluate around Chicago.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 166 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 Chicago." We're lookin' at you, Western Springs. 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.

Summary: Welcome to the Best Chicago 'Burbs of 2023

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 Chicago, 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 Chicago Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Western Springs, IL 13,550 $196,638
2 Hinsdale, IL 17,148 $224,185
3 Wilmette, IL 27,895 $173,967
4 Winnetka, IL 12,658 $250,001
5 La Grange, IL 16,220 $124,292
6 Kenilworth, IL 2,423 $250,001
7 Deerfield, IL 19,228 $168,568
8 Park Ridge, IL 39,562 $124,535
9 Glencoe, IL 8,824 $212,132
10 Riverside, IL 9,346 $128,808
11 Long Grove, IL 8,258 $207,275
12 Northbrook, IL 35,108 $143,506
13 Lake Forest, IL 19,450 $194,267
14 Riverwoods, IL 3,742 $213,068
15 Buffalo Grove, IL 43,062 $121,212
16 Lincolnshire, IL 7,905 $144,676
17 Inverness, IL 7,684 $190,458
18 South Barrington, IL 5,012 $198,388
19 River Forest, IL 11,742 $129,263
20 Wheaton, IL 53,762 $108,737
21 Northfield, IL 5,853 $160,331
22 Highland Park, IL 30,245 $153,226
23 La Grange Park, IL 13,501 $102,034
24 Winfield, IL 9,852 $131,218
25 Glen Ellyn, IL 28,506 $124,754
26 Clarendon Hills, IL 8,707 $107,375
27 Naperville, IL 149,013 $135,772
28 Oak Park, IL 54,100 $98,081
29 Mokena, IL 19,897 $114,455
30 Elmhurst, IL 45,661 $128,355
31 New Lenox, IL 26,942 $118,817
32 Frankfort, IL 20,040 $145,645
33 Lemont, IL 17,535 $119,750
34 Burr Ridge, IL 11,167 $148,214
35 Arlington Heights, IL 77,283 $106,996
36 Glenview, IL 48,150 $123,771
37 Itasca, IL 9,623 $109,146
38 Willowbrook, IL 9,178 $92,202
39 Willowbrook, IL 9,178 $92,202
40 Willowbrook, IL 9,178 $92,202
41 Willowbrook, IL 9,178 $92,202
42 Palos Park, IL 4,859 $122,676
43 Brookfield, IL 19,517 $90,083
44 St. John, IL 19,805 $115,230
45 Downers Grove, IL 50,209 $105,217
46 Palos Heights, IL 12,116 $101,037
47 Oak Brook, IL 8,178 $146,409
48 Indian Head Park, IL 4,059 $93,398
49 Darien, IL 22,087 $104,226
50 Lisle, IL 23,982 $102,676
51 Westchester, IL 16,837 $94,151
52 Evergreen Park, IL 19,884 $85,328
53 Morton Grove, IL 25,004 $91,389
54 Mount Prospect, IL 56,510 $92,477
55 Villa Park, IL 22,755 $85,173
56 Schaumburg, IL 78,053 $85,147
57 Homer Glen, IL 24,664 $120,306
58 Munster, IL 23,717 $96,938
59 Lombard, IL 44,311 $89,079
60 Willow Springs, IL 5,874 $98,860
61 Evanston, IL 78,454 $87,345
62 Roselle, IL 23,000 $94,589
63 Woodridge, IL 34,161 $91,399
64 Westmont, IL 24,632 $76,534
65 Lincolnwood, IL 13,358 $95,650
66 Dyer, IL 16,422 $90,848
67 Hoffman Estates, IL 52,153 $96,274
68 Oak Forest, IL 27,445 $81,288
69 Norridge, IL 15,294 $80,911
70 Orland Park, IL 58,622 $89,491
71 Lockport, IL 26,070 $96,481
72 Tinley Park, IL 55,988 $87,864
73 Carol Stream, IL 39,895 $95,342
74 Flossmoor, IL 9,868 $126,085
75 Orland Hills, IL 6,914 $93,162
76 Bloomingdale, IL 22,436 $87,324
77 North Riverside, IL 7,382 $59,882
78 Harwood Heights, IL 8,978 $74,577
79 Skokie, IL 67,444 $80,543
80 Palatine, IL 67,754 $86,415
81 Elmwood Park, IL 24,517 $68,833
82 Olympia Fields, IL 4,949 $95,946
83 Forest Park, IL 14,297 $72,827
84 Streamwood, IL 39,736 $88,824
85 Berkeley, IL 5,314 $73,812
86 Homewood, IL 19,716 $81,940
87 Highwood, IL 5,204 $88,913
88 Bolingbrook, IL 73,807 $97,371
89 Niles, IL 30,971 $69,081
90 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 2,681 $60,761
91 Monee, IL 5,131 $79,013
92 Des Plaines, IL 60,413 $79,453
93 Schererville, IL 29,381 $77,530
94 Lynwood, IL 9,095 $90,185
95 Glendale Heights, IL 33,443 $77,582
96 Wood Dale, IL 14,034 $80,079
97 Rolling Meadows, IL 24,300 $81,601
98 Oak Lawn, IL 58,032 $70,787
99 River Grove, IL 10,571 $65,625
100 Stickney, IL 7,074 $61,507

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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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