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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 2021 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 167 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.
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 2021? 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.
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The 10 Best Chicago Suburbs To Live For 2021
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 $174,760 a year, which is the 8th highest in the Chicago region. And only 2.35% are out of work. Homes average more than $609,900 each.
River Forest is the second best 'burb we looked at near Chicago for 2021.
It ranks 18th for incomes in the area and only 1.73% of residents lack insurance, good for 17th best.
Here in Winnetka, 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 Winnetka.
Glencoe ranks as the 4th best suburb of Chicago for 2021.
You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Glencoe and the schools are some of the best around.
Coming in as the fifth best is Wilmette.
Wilmette gets kudos for having the 9th most expensive homes in the Chicago area, where houses sell for an average of $707,800. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.
La Grange 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 3.87% which is 5best in the area.
According to online reports, La Grange is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Chicago area, meaning you need to get in soon.
The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Hinsdale.
Hinsdale 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 12.9 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.
Deerfield 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 1.82% of people lack insurance, good for 20th in the area.
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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.
And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is Inverness.
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 Chicago for 2021
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 2015-2019 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 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 167 suburbs to evaluate around Chicago.
We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 167 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.
Welcome to the Best Chicago '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 Chicago, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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