These Are The 10 Best Aurora Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 143 places around Aurora to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Aurora suburbs.

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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 Aurora 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 Aurora for 2019:

  1. Western Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. River Forest (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hinsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Clarendon Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Inverness (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Park Ridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. La Grange (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Campton Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Elmhurst (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Deer Park (Homes For Sale)

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

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

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Aurora for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Aurora 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 (2013-2017) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Aurora.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 144 suburbs to evaluate around Aurora.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 144 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 Aurora.” We’re lookin’ at you, Western Springs.

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.

Western Springs, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,187
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $150,880
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Western Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Western Springs is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Aurora area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Western Springs.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $150,880 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Aurora region. And only 290.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $553,300 each.

River Forest, IL

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10
/10

Population: 11,215
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $106,947
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on River Forest: Real Estate | Data | Photos

River Forest is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Aurora for 2019.

It ranks 17th for incomes in the area and only 2.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

Hinsdale, IL

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10
/10

Population: 17,705
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $171,453
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
More on Hinsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Hinsdale, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Aurora 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 Hinsdale.

Clarendon Hills, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,680
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $113,447
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Clarendon Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clarendon Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Aurora for 2019.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Clarendon Hills and the schools are some of the best around.

Inverness, IL

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5
/10

Population: 7,723
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $173,828
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 0.7%
More on Inverness: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Inverness.

Inverness gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Aurora area, where houses sell for an average of $621,900. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Park Ridge, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 37,810
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,219
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Park Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Park Ridge 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 330.0% which is 14th best in the area.

According to online reports, Park Ridge is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Aurora area, meaning you need to get in soon.

La Grange, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,721
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Income: $117,610
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on La Grange: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to La Grange.

La Grange 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 21.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Campton Hills, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,386
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Median Income: $131,658
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Campton Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Campton Hills 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 2.0% of people lack insurance, good for 5th in the area.

Elmhurst, IL

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 46,139
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $104,222
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Elmhurst: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Elmhurst?’

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

6
/10

Population: 3,453
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $163,750
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Deer Park: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Deer Park.

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.

Welcome to the Best Aurora ‘Burbs of 2019

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 Aurora, 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 Aurora Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Western Springs 13,187 $150,880
2 River Forest 11,215 $106,947
3 Hinsdale 17,705 $171,453
4 Clarendon Hills 8,680 $113,447
5 Inverness 7,723 $173,828
6 Park Ridge 37,810 $98,219
7 La Grange 15,721 $117,610
8 Campton Hills 11,386 $131,658
9 Elmhurst 46,139 $104,222
10 Deer Park 3,453 $163,750
11 Winfield 9,641 $102,750
12 Oak Brook 8,108 $132,500
13 Wheaton 53,577 $95,238
14 Naperville 146,431 $114,014
15 Glen Ellyn 27,983 $105,609
16 Mokena 20,313 $101,587
17 Arlington Heights 75,911 $87,790
18 Barrington 10,455 $111,528
19 Elburn 5,639 $100,341
20 Plainfield 41,978 $121,746
21 Burr Ridge 10,783 $134,706
22 Barrington Hills 3,622 $148,893
23 Sugar Grove 9,417 $106,879
24 Geneva 21,791 $105,161
25 South Barrington 4,829 $143,571
26 Indian Head Park 3,829 $82,767
27 Palos Park 4,909 $84,609
28 Frankfort 18,572 $118,508
29 New Lenox 25,701 $104,621
30 La Grange Park 13,587 $90,890
31 Itasca 8,692 $84,726
32 Lemont 16,780 $91,056
33 West Dundee 7,376 $84,182
34 Wayne 2,424 $133,804
35 Oak Park 52,229 $87,271
36 Downers Grove 49,649 $85,546
37 Riverside 8,838 $99,063
38 Darien 22,206 $84,359
39 Homer Glen 24,403 $97,254
40 Oswego 33,759 $101,191
41 Huntley 26,265 $75,587
42 Roselle 22,925 $81,346
43 Algonquin 30,664 $103,291
44 Willow Springs 5,677 $92,031
45 Bartlett 41,487 $99,957
46 Orland Park 59,161 $85,802
47 St. Charles 32,730 $90,883
48 Lisle 23,024 $83,745
49 Gilberts 7,638 $105,087
50 Batavia 26,499 $92,094
51 Brookfield 18,937 $78,481
52 Yorkville 18,691 $95,383
53 Palos Heights 12,545 $80,259
54 Manhattan 7,766 $93,676
55 Shorewood 16,809 $98,444
56 Westchester 16,687 $76,784
57 Pingree Grove 6,661 $78,433
58 Sleepy Hollow 3,325 $102,188
59 Channahon 12,455 $88,516
60 Woodridge 33,447 $80,757
61 Bloomingdale 22,196 $78,720
62 Lake In The Hills 28,908 $87,683
63 Schaumburg 74,427 $77,022
64 Lombard 43,776 $73,145
65 Mount Prospect 54,493 $71,925
66 Hoffman Estates 51,631 $87,608
67 Lockport 25,198 $85,023
68 Willowbrook 8,598 $67,780
69 Tinley Park 57,107 $76,061
70 South Elgin 22,322 $89,565
71 Oakbrook Terrace 2,699 $74,500
72 Orland Hills 7,226 $85,855
73 Norridge 15,083 $63,378
74 Palatine 69,099 $76,633
75 Hinckley 2,153 $65,938
76 Montgomery 19,187 $84,284
77 Villa Park 21,867 $72,098
78 North Aurora 17,473 $82,354
79 Minooka 11,449 $85,579
80 Oak Forest 28,027 $73,765
81 Elwood 2,286 $72,708
82 Sycamore 17,712 $70,541
83 Westmont 25,040 $60,437
84 Des Plaines 58,805 $67,415
85 Carol Stream 40,231 $76,078
86 Streamwood 40,615 $80,152
87 Bolingbrook 74,548 $83,419
88 Hampshire 5,763 $99,362
89 Countryside 6,000 $52,892
90 Sandwich 7,633 $61,656
91 Stickney 6,775 $62,652
92 Warrenville 13,373 $84,194
93 Romeoville 39,682 $73,033
94 Rolling Meadows 23,418 $65,173
95 Wood Dale 13,897 $69,250
96 Forest Park 14,127 $55,359
97 North Riverside 6,966 $61,304
98 Oak Lawn 56,754 $61,398
99 Elmwood Park 24,831 $55,772
100 Hickory Hills 13,852 $63,865

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