The 10 Best Chicago Suburbs To Live In For 2022


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 2022. This is our ninth 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 2022 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 2022:

  1. Western Springs
  2. Wilmette
  3. Glencoe
  4. Winnetka
  5. Hinsdale
  6. La Grange
  7. Deerfield
  8. River Forest
  9. Winfield
  10. Kenilworth

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 2022? 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 2022

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 $184,412 a year, which is the 9th highest in the Chicago region. And only 2.57% are out of work. Homes average more than $609,600 each.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,247
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $184,412
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Western Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Western Springs, IL

Wilmette is the second best 'burb we looked at near Chicago for 2022.

It ranks 12th for incomes in the area and only 0.99% of residents lack insurance, good for 7th best.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 27,114
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Income: $161,765
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Wilmette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wilmette, IL

Here in Glencoe, 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 Glencoe.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,836
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $195,600
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Glencoe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glencoe, IL

Winnetka ranks as the 4th best suburb of Chicago for 2022.

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: 12,361
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Winnetka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winnetka, IL

Coming in as the fifth best is Hinsdale.

Hinsdale gets kudos for having the 4th most expensive homes in the Chicago area, where houses sell for an average of $882,700. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,366
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $206,701
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Hinsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hinsdale, IL

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 2.92% which is 16th best 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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,555
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $122,629
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on La Grange: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Grange, IL

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: 19,030
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $162,064
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
More on Deerfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Deerfield, IL

River Forest 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 1.46% of people lack insurance, good for 14th in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,883
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Median Income: $125,288
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on River Forest: Real Estate | Data | Photos

River Forest, IL

Is 'Everything Better In Winfield?'

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

7
/10

Population: 9,683
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Median Income: $125,481
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Winfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winfield, IL

And rounding out the top ten for 2022 is Kenilworth.

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

6
/10

Population: 2,356
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $241,591
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Poverty Rate: 3.4%
More on Kenilworth: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kenilworth, IL

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Methodology: How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Chicago for 2022

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 2016-2020 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 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 2022

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 13,247 $184,412
2 Wilmette, IL 27,114 $161,765
3 Glencoe, IL 8,836 $195,600
4 Winnetka, IL 12,361 $250,001
5 Hinsdale, IL 17,366 $206,701
6 La Grange, IL 15,555 $122,629
7 Deerfield, IL 19,030 $162,064
8 River Forest, IL 10,883 $125,288
9 Winfield, IL 9,683 $125,481
10 Kenilworth, IL 2,356 $241,591
11 Northbrook, IL 33,216 $128,883
12 La Grange Park, IL 13,129 $107,945
13 Park Ridge, IL 37,431 $113,809
14 Lake Forest, IL 19,497 $189,118
15 Long Grove, IL 7,907 $207,188
16 Buffalo Grove, IL 40,804 $117,921
17 Riverside, IL 8,748 $120,336
18 Inverness, IL 7,959 $185,558
19 South Barrington, IL 4,963 $183,750
20 Elmhurst, IL 46,571 $123,869
21 Lincolnshire, IL 7,694 $130,076
22 Burr Ridge, IL 10,761 $151,900
23 Clarendon Hills, IL 8,834 $103,486
24 Northfield, IL 5,678 $143,661
25 Glen Ellyn, IL 27,741 $118,208
26 Mokena, IL 20,720 $109,935
27 New Lenox, IL 26,788 $115,327
28 Naperville, IL 147,734 $127,648
29 Frankfort, IL 19,166 $140,731
30 Arlington Heights, IL 75,071 $100,221
31 Wheaton, IL 53,157 $105,764
32 Glenview, IL 47,218 $118,019
33 Highland Park, IL 29,596 $147,067
34 Oak Park, IL 52,102 $96,945
35 Itasca, IL 9,496 $99,706
36 Palos Park, IL 4,779 $114,020
37 Lemont, IL 17,131 $114,509
38 Downers Grove, IL 49,263 $97,197
39 Brookfield, IL 18,520 $84,891
40 Palos Heights, IL 12,460 $90,995
41 Indian Head Park, IL 3,744 $88,496
42 Lisle, IL 23,363 $96,945
43 Willowbrook, IL 8,610 $86,364
44 Willowbrook, IL 8,610 $86,364
45 Willowbrook, IL 8,610 $86,364
46 Willowbrook, IL 8,610 $86,364
47 Oak Brook, IL 8,085 $140,743
48 Lombard, IL 43,755 $86,167
49 Morton Grove, IL 22,937 $87,063
50 Riverwoods, IL 3,536 $231,477
51 Willow Springs, IL 5,610 $98,664
52 Darien, IL 21,843 $100,771
53 Westchester, IL 16,255 $88,861
54 Woodridge, IL 33,443 $88,803
55 Munster, IL 22,604 $88,010
56 Evergreen Park, IL 19,290 $79,396
57 Dyer, IL 15,933 $86,117
58 Schaumburg, IL 73,392 $82,387
59 Homer Glen, IL 24,521 $108,783
60 Lincolnwood, IL 12,338 $90,422
61 St. John, IL 18,382 $103,851
62 Orland Hills, IL 7,069 $82,337
63 Mount Prospect, IL 54,165 $84,353
64 Evanston, IL 73,979 $82,335
65 Orland Park, IL 58,380 $84,676
66 Roselle, IL 22,744 $92,470
67 Hoffman Estates, IL 50,464 $92,423
68 Bloomingdale, IL 21,905 $87,397
69 Norridge, IL 14,465 $78,300
70 Villa Park, IL 22,087 $79,314
71 Lockport, IL 25,499 $87,817
72 Westmont, IL 24,677 $69,902
73 Oak Forest, IL 27,403 $78,865
74 Tinley Park, IL 56,082 $82,163
75 Monee, IL 5,080 $76,638
76 Olympia Fields, IL 5,028 $93,350
77 Homewood, IL 18,656 $77,013
78 Forest Park, IL 13,808 $70,670
79 Skokie, IL 63,300 $74,725
80 Flossmoor, IL 9,318 $107,271
81 Carol Stream, IL 39,447 $89,820
82 Streamwood, IL 39,917 $88,917
83 Elmwood Park, IL 24,274 $63,312
84 Palatine, IL 67,875 $83,495
85 Midlothian, IL 14,464 $61,067
86 Berkeley, IL 5,079 $71,025
87 Schererville, IL 28,559 $75,327
88 Harwood Heights, IL 8,393 $67,745
89 North Riverside, IL 6,460 $55,879
90 Rolling Meadows, IL 23,288 $78,609
91 Des Plaines, IL 58,316 $73,639
92 Highwood, IL 5,293 $74,875
93 Bolingbrook, IL 74,319 $92,184
94 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 2,909 $61,563
95 Hickory Hills, IL 14,253 $66,272
96 Wood Dale, IL 13,783 $75,521
97 Warrenville, IL 13,137 $86,462
98 Stickney, IL 6,607 $67,246
99 Niles, IL 29,198 $63,490
100 Griffith, IL 16,198 $67,452

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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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