Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Illinois a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Illinois.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Prairie State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Illinois, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 102 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Prairie State for 2022.
Monroe County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Illinois. And you might want to avoid Alexander County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Illinois, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
The Best Counties To Live In Illinois For 2022
Biggest Place: Columbia
Biggest Place: Petersburg
3. Piatt County
Biggest Place: Monticello
Biggest Place: Morris
Biggest Place: Aurora
Biggest Place: Granville
Median Income: $64,694.0 (19th best)
Median Home Price: $134,800.0 (26th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (6th best)
More on Putnam County: Data
Biggest Place: Crystal Lake
Biggest Place: Hardin
Median Income: $66,602.0 (17th best)
Median Home Price: $131,800.0 (28th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (39th best)
More on Calhoun County: Data
Biggest Place: Jerseyville
Biggest Place: Centralia
Methodology: How do you determine which Illinois county is the best?
To give you the best county in Illinois, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a “best county” and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Illinois across each of the criteria from one to 102, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the “Best County To Live In Illinois”.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Prairie State.
Read on to see why Monroe County is the best county, while Alexander County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Illinois.
Summary: The Best Counties In Illinois To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Illinois can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Illinois according to the data:
- Alexander County
- Saline County
- Marion County
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