These Are The 10 Best Round Lake Beach Suburbs

We analyzed over 24 places around Round Lake Beach to identify the most kickass place to live.

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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 Round Lake Beach 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 around Round Lake Beach:

  1. Libertyville (Photos)
  2. Lindenhurst (Photos)
  3. Antioch (Photos)
  4. Grayslake (Photos)
  5. Round Lake (Photos)
  6. Gurnee (Photos)
  7. Volo
  8. Spring Grove (Photos)
  9. Hainesville
  10. Lake Villa

If you happen to be a resident of Libertyville, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Round Lake Beach ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Round Lake Beach

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Round Lake Beach 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

Then we used the 2010-2014 American Community Survey to research each suburb. FYI: We defined a suburb based on the Census’s designation of being part of an “Urban Cluster,” but not the main city of said urbanized area. For example, the Census considers all of these places to be part of the Round Lake Beach–Mchenry–Grayslake, Il–Wi Urbanized Area.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to non-CDPs that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 24 suburbs to evaluate around Round Lake Beach.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 24 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 Round Lake Beach.” We’re lookin’ at you, Libertyville.

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.

1. Libertyville

Libertyville, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,398
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $394,700
Median Income: $112,572

2. Lindenhurst

Lindenhurst, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 14,412
Unemployment Rate: 9.1%
Median Home Price: $208,200
Median Income: $88,633

3. Antioch

Antioch, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,395
Unemployment Rate: 7.1%
Median Home Price: $205,200
Median Income: $78,942

4. Grayslake

Grayslake, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,863
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Median Home Price: $217,400
Median Income: $87,967

5. Round Lake

Round Lake, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 18,399
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
Median Home Price: $172,900
Median Income: $79,109

6. Gurnee

Gurnee, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,182
Unemployment Rate: 7.9%
Median Home Price: $254,800
Median Income: $85,141

7. Volo

Population 2014: 3,658
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%
Median Home Price: $200,300
Median Income: $90,778

8. Spring Grove

Spring Grove, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,390
Unemployment Rate: 8.7%
Median Home Price: $298,400
Median Income: $103,423

9. Hainesville

Population 2014: 3,682
Unemployment Rate: 7.6%
Median Home Price: $162,000
Median Income: $72,177

10. Lake Villa

Population 2014: 8,860
Unemployment Rate: 8.2%
Median Home Price: $235,700
Median Income: $82,351

Welcome to the ‘Burbs

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 Round Lake Beach, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.
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Detailed List Of The Best Burbs To Live Around Round Lake Beach

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
Libertyville 1 20,398 5.2% $394,700 $112,572
Lindenhurst 2 14,412 9.1% $208,200 $88,633
Antioch 3 14,395 7.1% $205,200 $78,942
Grayslake 4 20,863 5.0% $217,400 $87,967
Round Lake 5 18,399 5.7% $172,900 $79,109
Gurnee 6 31,182 7.9% $254,800 $85,141
Volo 7 3,658 7.6% $200,300 $90,778
Spring Grove 8 5,390 8.7% $298,400 $103,423
Hainesville 9 3,682 7.6% $162,000 $72,177
Lake Villa 10 8,860 8.2% $235,700 $82,351
Bristol 11 4,909 7.2% $207,700 $66,215
Johnsburg 12 6,322 8.2% $254,200 $86,797
Silver Lake 13 2,257 5.6% $190,300 $54,231
Lakemoor 14 6,576 9.5% $171,000 $71,489
Round Lake Heights 15 2,757 8.5% $153,500 $60,662
Paddock Lake 16 2,999 5.7% $158,100 $67,891
Round Lake Beach 17 28,048 9.0% $131,000 $61,113
Twin Lakes 18 6,033 9.0% $170,500 $57,102
Mchenry 19 26,803 11.4% $177,700 $62,580
Wonder Lake 20 3,769 15.3% $156,100 $75,556
Genoa City 21 3,032 10.4% $150,700 $65,425
Round Lake Park 22 7,758 9.1% $125,200 $44,593
Fox Lake 23 10,757 14.1% $157,900 $54,013
Richmond 24 2,120 9.1% $171,300 $47,396

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.