Best Aurora Suburbs To Live For 2020


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

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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...

What's the best suburb of Aurora? Western Springs ranks as the best suburb of Aurora for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. 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.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.
Or feel free to check out some more reading about Illinois:

The 10 Best Aurora Suburbs To Live For 2020

Western Springs, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,227
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $161,563
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
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 $161,563 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Aurora region. And only 2.45% are out of work. Homes average more than $590,800 each.

Review Of Western Springs by HomeSnacks User

Their is no crime in that town and the neighborhood is nice. Their are a lot of things to do in that town and have a nice ice cream shop called Oberweis Dairy. Their are also Metra trains their too.

Spring Rock Park is a nice park with baseball fields and a hockey rink. Oberweis Dairy has good ice cream.

River Forest, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,064
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $121,908
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on River Forest: Real Estate | Data | Photos

River Forest is the second best 'burb we looked at near Aurora for 2020.

It ranks 14th for incomes in the area and only 2.42% of residents lack insurance, good for 19th best.

Hinsdale, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,654
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $188,684
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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: 8,711
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $126,500
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Clarendon Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clarendon Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Aurora for 2020.

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

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,747
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $180,541
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
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 $625,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

La Grange, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,632
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $121,425
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on La Grange: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Grange 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 3.87% which is 37th best in the area.

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

Winfield, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,708
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $107,216
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Winfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Winfield.

Winfield 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 10.6 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 4,872
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 17)
Median Income: $158,393
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on South Barrington: Real Estate | Data

South Barrington 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 0.41% of people lack insurance, good for 1st in the area.

Campton Hills, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,348
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $139,500
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
More on Campton Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Campton Hills?'

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.

Park Ridge, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 37,764
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Income: $102,416
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Park Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Park Ridge.

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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Aurora for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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 142 suburbs to evaluate around Aurora.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 142 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. You can download the data here.

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.

Welcome to the Best Aurora 'Burbs of 2020

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.

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Aurora Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Western Springs, IL 13,227 $161,563
2 River Forest, IL 11,064 $121,908
3 Hinsdale, IL 17,654 $188,684
4 Clarendon Hills, IL 8,711 $126,500
5 Inverness, IL 7,747 $180,541
6 La Grange, IL 15,632 $121,425
7 Winfield, IL 9,708 $107,216
8 South Barrington, IL 4,872 $158,393
9 Campton Hills, IL 11,348 $139,500
10 Park Ridge, IL 37,764 $102,416
11 Elmhurst, IL 46,331 $113,207
12 Burr Ridge, IL 10,795 $144,609
13 Geneva, IL 21,799 $111,232
14 La Grange Park, IL 13,491 $95,466
15 Mokena, IL 20,720 $106,291
16 Naperville, IL 147,411 $118,187
17 Elburn, IL 5,823 $108,500
18 Deer Park, IL 3,668 $171,042
19 Oak Brook, IL 8,122 $137,059
20 Glen Ellyn, IL 27,958 $110,669
21 Barrington Hills, IL 3,916 $158,015
22 Barrington, IL 10,304 $115,833
23 Wheaton, IL 53,480 $98,544
24 Arlington Heights, IL 75,724 $90,835
25 Plainfield, IL 43,048 $126,127
26 Lemont, IL 16,935 $95,221
27 Frankfort, IL 18,850 $128,309
28 Sugar Grove, IL 9,545 $115,063
29 Palos Park, IL 4,907 $92,143
30 Downers Grove, IL 49,644 $88,105
31 Oak Park, IL 52,225 $91,945
32 Indian Head Park, IL 3,812 $82,967
33 New Lenox, IL 26,032 $108,638
34 Itasca, IL 9,042 $88,878
35 Riverside, IL 8,810 $113,025
36 West Dundee, IL 7,535 $86,543
37 Algonquin, IL 30,709 $104,532
38 Shorewood, IL 17,026 $102,730
39 Wayne, IL 2,345 $133,233
40 Oswego, IL 34,383 $103,352
41 Orland Park, IL 59,100 $88,585
42 Palos Heights, IL 12,534 $85,481
43 Huntley, IL 26,486 $75,597
44 Homer Glen, IL 24,467 $103,048
45 Pingree Grove, IL 7,337 $91,042
46 Darien, IL 22,126 $90,904
47 Roselle, IL 22,873 $85,070
48 Bartlett, IL 41,316 $105,245
49 Brookfield, IL 18,858 $81,192
50 Lisle, IL 23,435 $87,106
51 St. Charles, IL 32,772 $96,197
52 Lake In The Hills, IL 28,832 $90,984
53 Batavia, IL 26,282 $92,522
54 Westchester, IL 16,573 $80,412
55 Hoffman Estates, IL 51,282 $89,666
56 Sleepy Hollow, IL 3,319 $108,906
57 Lombard, IL 43,904 $79,684
58 Woodridge, IL 33,493 $85,192
59 Schaumburg, IL 74,569 $79,740
60 Bloomingdale, IL 22,138 $85,105
61 Orland Hills, IL 7,181 $87,068
62 Manhattan, IL 7,813 $91,429
63 Mount Prospect, IL 55,127 $73,652
64 Gilberts, IL 7,742 $104,114
65 Lockport, IL 25,226 $84,147
66 Willowbrook, IL 8,576 $71,574
67 Channahon, IL 12,718 $91,372
68 Norridge, IL 14,888 $64,631
69 Cortland, IL 4,087 $76,607
70 South Elgin, IL 22,522 $93,617
71 Hampshire, IL 5,852 $102,418
72 Palatine, IL 68,847 $76,776
73 Villa Park, IL 21,893 $71,918
74 North Aurora, IL 17,653 $81,096
75 Willow Springs, IL 5,696 $84,321
76 Hinckley, IL 2,083 $68,393
77 Oak Forest, IL 27,843 $75,991
78 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 2,912 $71,719
79 Yorkville, IL 19,145 $95,180
80 Westmont, IL 25,036 $63,309
81 Tinley Park, IL 56,898 $76,183
82 Montgomery, IL 19,216 $86,407
83 Minooka, IL 11,291 $85,293
84 Rolling Meadows, IL 23,229 $68,445
85 Carol Stream, IL 39,989 $79,909
86 Sandwich, IL 7,617 $66,707
87 Elwood, IL 2,396 $75,469
88 Des Plaines, IL 58,694 $67,636
89 Sycamore, IL 17,725 $69,500
90 Streamwood, IL 40,413 $80,072
91 Stickney, IL 6,732 $59,467
92 East Dundee, IL 3,183 $69,514
93 Bolingbrook, IL 74,448 $85,643
94 North Riverside, IL 6,813 $62,998
95 Harwood Heights, IL 8,552 $60,643
96 Somonauk, IL 2,152 $62,941
97 Warrenville, IL 13,311 $81,296
98 Forest Park, IL 14,041 $59,361
99 Hickory Hills, IL 14,018 $66,413
100 Elmwood Park, IL 24,680 $58,333

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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.

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