10 Best Places To Live In Illinois


Illinois is the most populous Midwestern state and home to the windy city of Chicago. Over 9 million people choose to call this metropolitan area home. Outside of Chicago; however, there are various other great places. While house prices in Illinois can be high, crime rates are generally low and the schools are first-rate. Using statistics on factors such as high school graduation rates, crime rates and cost of living, as well as those harder to quantify things like great culture and fascinating history, we’ve put together a list of the best 10 places to live in Illinois.

1) Barrington

Barrington has everything you’d expect from a wealthy Illinois suburb; a real estate scene bursting with historic Victorian mansions; beautiful nature preserves; great horse riding trails and an exemplary school system. It’s no wonder the Barrington area zip code is the seventh wealthiest zip code in the United States. With a population of around 10,000 people, Barrington is made up of six independent villages including North and South Barrington, Lake Barrington, Tower Lakes and Barrington Hills. Almost 20 miles northwest of Chicago, Barrington scores highly on all markers of ‘liveability’ with low crime rates, high graduation rates and a stable housing market. The only liveability marker that Barrington scores poorly on is cost of living, which is no surprise given the areas great amenities that give it an overall placement of 16th on AreaVibes recent liveability poll. The village of Barrington even has its own chirpy motto, ‘a great place to live, work and play!