• Chris Kolmar

10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Illinois For 2019


We used science and data to determine which cities in Illinois have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Prairie State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Illinois, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)

  • Quality of local schools

  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it

  • % of households with children

  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Illinois, that meant a total of 201 cities.

Read on to see why Plano is where all the families are headed, while Country Club Hills is probably a place made for singles.

1. Plano

Population: 11,863 Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39 Closest Major City: Aurora Households with kids: 44.7%

Plano is a city in Kendall County, Illinois, United States near Aurora, with a population of 10,856 at the 2010 census, nearly doubling its size from 2000. The city was home to the Plano Harvester Company in the late nineteenth century, as well as the Plano Molding Company more recently. In 2011, downtown Plano was used as a set for Man of Steel.

2. Hinsdale

Population: 17,705 Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47 Closest Major City: Chicago Households with kids: 46.4%

3. Columbia

Population: 10,188 Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55 Closest Major City: St. Louis Households with kids: 37.1%

Columbia is a city in Monroe and St. Clair counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, about 12 miles south of St. Louis, Missouri. The population was 9,707 at the 2010 census.

4. Western Springs

Population: 13,187 Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41 Closest Major City: Chicago Households with kids: 41.6%

Western Springs is a village located in Cook County, Illinois, United States and is a suburb of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village had a total population of 12,975. It is twinned with Rugeley, United Kingdom.

5. Winnetka

Population: 12,504 Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43 Closest Major City: Chicago Households with kids: 45.8%

Winnetka is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States, located 16 miles north of downtown Chicago. The population was 12,187 at the 2010 census. The village is one of the wealthiest places in the nation in terms of household income, and the richest in Illinois.

6. Deerfield

Population: 18,896 Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58 Closest Major City: Chicago Households with kids: 40.6%

Deerfield is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States, approximately 25 miles north of Chicago with a small portion extending into Cook County, Illinois. The population was 18,225 at the 2010 census, a decline of 175 from 2000.

7. Geneva

Population: 21,791 Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60 Closest Major City: Aurora Households with kids: 35.6%

Geneva is a city in and the county seat of Kane County, Illinois, United States. It is located on the western side of the Chicago suburbs.

8. Yorkville

Population: 18,691 Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39 Closest Major City: Aurora Households with kids: 45.8%

Yorkville is a city partially in Kendall and Kane counties, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,189 at the 2000 United States Census and had grown to 16,921 as of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Kendall County. Yorkville is in the center of Kendall County, the fastest-growing county in Illinois and according to recent statistics released in June 2010, by CNN, is the fastest-growing county in the United States.

9. Lisle

Population: 23,024 Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54 Closest Major City: Aurora Households with kids: 23.5%

Lisle is a village in DuPage County, Illinois, United States. The population was 21,182 at the 2000 census, and in 2016 the population was recorded to be 22,930. It is part of the Chicago metropolitan area and the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor. It is also the headquarters of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Region III.

10. LaGrange

Population: 15,721 Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47 Closest Major City: Chicago Households with kids: 40.9%

La Grange, a suburb of Chicago, is a village in Cook County, in the U.S. state of Illinois. The population was 15,550 at the 2010 census.

For a fill list of the best places to live for families in Illinois, visit HomeSnacks here.


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