These Are The 10 Best Aurora Suburbs For 2018


We analyzed over 143 places around Aurora to identify the most in demand places 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 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 2018:

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

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 2018

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 (2012-2016) 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 143 suburbs to evaluate around Aurora.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 143 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.

1. Western Springs

Western Springs, Illinois

Population: 13,133
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Median Home Price: $530,800
Median Income: $147,361
More on Western Springs: Real Estate | Data

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 $147,361 a year, which is the 5th highest in the Aurora region. And only 2.7% are out of work. Homes average more than $530,800 each.

2. River Forest

River Forest, Illinois

Population: 11,217
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $574,600
Median Income: $103,622
More on River Forest: Real Estate | Data

River Forest is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Aurora for 2018.

It ranks 19th for incomes in the area and only 2.6% of residents lack insurance, good for 5th best.

3. Hinsdale

Hinsdale, Illinois

Population: 17,438
Unemployment Rate: 5.1%
Median Home Price: $859,400
Median Income: $173,558
More on Hinsdale: Real Estate | Data

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.

4. Clarendon Hills

Clarendon Hills, Illinois

Population: 8,641
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Median Home Price: $485,900
Median Income: $111,981
More on Clarendon Hills: Real Estate | Data

Clarendon Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Aurora for 2018.

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.

5. Inverness

Inverness, Illinois

Population: 7,844
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $616,500
Median Income: $172,949
More on Inverness: Real Estate | Data

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 $616,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Park Ridge

Park Ridge, Illinois

Population: 37,567
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $397,400
Median Income: $92,474
More on Park Ridge: Real Estate | Data

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 3.9% which is 7th 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.

7. Deer Park

Population: 3,409
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Median Home Price: $541,900
Median Income: $160,461
More on Deer Park: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Deer Park.

Deer Park 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 29.7 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Elmhurst

Elmhurst, Illinois

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Population: 45,742
Unemployment Rate: 5.2%
Median Home Price: $381,500
Median Income: $100,671
More on Elmhurst: Real Estate | Data

Elmhurst 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 3.5% of people lack insurance, good for 20th in the area.

9. La Grange

La Grange, Illinois

Population: 15,688
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $446,100
Median Income: $105,417
More on La Grange: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In La Grange?’

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.

10. Winfield

Winfield, Illinois

Population: 9,543
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Median Home Price: $292,700
Median Income: $96,849
More on Winfield: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is Winfield.

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 2018

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 Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Western Springs 13,133 2.7% $530,800 $147,361
2 River Forest 11,217 3.4% $574,600 $103,622
3 Hinsdale 17,438 5.1% $859,400 $173,558
4 Clarendon Hills 8,641 2.8% $485,900 $111,981
5 Inverness 7,844 4.4% $616,500 $172,949
6 Park Ridge 37,567 3.9% $397,400 $92,474
7 Deer Park 3,409 4.4% $541,900 $160,461
8 Elmhurst 45,742 5.2% $381,500 $100,671
9 La Grange 15,688 5.5% $446,100 $105,417
10 Winfield 9,543 4.3% $292,700 $96,849
11 Oak Brook 7,988 3.3% $825,400 $144,286
12 Plainfield 41,881 4.6% $287,100 $116,896
13 Mokena 19,839 5.1% $289,400 $98,662
14 Barrington 10,449 4.9% $493,000 $119,688
15 Naperville 145,789 5.6% $388,400 $110,676
16 Burr Ridge 10,736 4.5% $645,400 $126,771
17 Campton Hills 11,500 5.4% $414,100 $119,044
18 Barrington Hills 3,574 2.8% $720,600 $131,324
19 Indian Head Park 3,823 1.2% $237,300 $82,219
20 Glen Ellyn 27,894 6.0% $410,800 $101,967
21 Arlington Heights 75,721 5.1% $322,400 $79,979
22 La Grange Park 13,596 6.2% $321,200 $85,671
23 Wheaton 53,568 5.6% $342,000 $91,241
24 South Barrington 4,766 6.4% $804,800 $184,141
25 Frankfort 18,415 6.1% $351,200 $113,250
26 New Lenox 25,347 5.8% $273,800 $102,273
27 Oswego 33,245 4.4% $225,100 $97,537
28 Darien 22,232 4.5% $298,400 $82,255
29 Palos Park 4,934 4.1% $371,000 $77,304
30 Sugar Grove 9,288 4.8% $268,200 $104,754
31 Riverside 8,779 7.4% $387,100 $100,696
32 Downers Grove 49,555 6.1% $331,600 $85,171
33 Geneva 21,732 6.5% $305,000 $100,284
34 Oak Park 51,989 6.9% $359,100 $82,826
35 Homer Glen 24,385 4.9% $298,100 $92,054
36 Algonquin 30,413 6.2% $240,600 $100,027
37 St. Charles 32,745 4.2% $281,700 $89,971
38 Sleepy Hollow 3,338 6.0% $289,800 $100,913
39 Lemont 16,587 6.2% $342,500 $89,524
40 Huntley 25,831 3.9% $231,100 $76,998
41 Bartlett 41,475 5.5% $260,500 $100,458
42 Wayne 2,513 7.7% $531,600 $145,875
43 Roselle 22,911 5.0% $237,300 $79,040
44 Elburn 5,594 6.6% $241,800 $96,896
45 Willow Springs 5,677 4.7% $347,400 $81,926
46 Gilberts 7,479 5.9% $255,100 $123,399
47 Manhattan 7,405 5.7% $212,100 $86,536
48 Orland Park 58,612 5.9% $273,100 $85,580
49 West Dundee 7,369 4.0% $249,100 $80,087
50 Yorkville 18,436 4.8% $233,100 $85,045
51 Batavia 26,413 6.9% $278,600 $89,932
52 Brookfield 18,966 5.1% $227,400 $75,336
53 Itasca 8,502 5.2% $282,300 $82,269
54 Lisle 22,989 6.4% $334,400 $79,819
55 Woodridge 33,331 5.0% $249,400 $76,858
56 Palos Heights 12,544 7.8% $275,000 $80,077
57 Pingree Grove 5,983 4.2% $170,800 $76,780
58 Schaumburg 74,366 5.2% $230,800 $75,658
59 Bloomingdale 22,221 4.8% $281,000 $76,757
60 Mount Prospect 54,552 5.3% $296,500 $69,517
61 Channahon 12,329 6.1% $195,400 $89,957
62 Lombard 44,025 5.9% $240,600 $73,201
63 Hoffman Estates 51,727 5.1% $252,600 $88,733
64 Lockport 25,096 6.0% $212,400 $79,148
65 Orland Hills 7,241 8.4% $221,600 $76,311
66 Willowbrook 8,603 6.4% $215,300 $67,047
67 South Elgin 22,274 5.8% $200,100 $87,738
68 Lake In The Hills 28,908 6.0% $204,000 $85,895
69 Tinley Park 57,125 5.4% $220,400 $76,022
70 North Aurora 17,612 5.2% $229,300 $81,826
71 Westchester 16,719 6.3% $217,100 $72,470
72 Oakbrook Terrace 2,453 4.1% $278,000 $71,364
73 Minooka 11,786 5.8% $182,900 $80,313
74 Palatine 69,098 5.6% $265,800 $75,066
75 Montgomery 19,055 5.8% $192,600 $80,900
76 Norridge 15,023 5.8% $265,100 $59,946
77 Shorewood 16,539 7.4% $232,700 $93,642
78 Oak Forest 28,055 7.3% $182,800 $75,563
79 Des Plaines 58,755 5.7% $238,900 $64,582
80 Carol Stream 40,228 6.9% $228,500 $73,104
81 Villa Park 21,977 6.0% $229,400 $71,724
82 Warrenville 13,415 5.9% $194,300 $80,686
83 Sycamore 17,611 5.5% $173,900 $67,132
84 Bolingbrook 74,320 5.6% $202,900 $80,285
85 Streamwood 40,552 7.6% $170,700 $76,639
86 Westmont 25,149 8.6% $287,500 $55,684
87 Hinckley 2,053 6.2% $169,700 $59,659
88 Berkeley 5,201 5.5% $166,100 $69,938
89 Countryside 5,965 5.1% $230,300 $53,750
90 North Riverside 6,983 9.7% $217,700 $59,324
91 Stickney 6,778 4.5% $167,400 $60,910
92 Oak Lawn 56,774 8.8% $187,300 $58,707
93 Rolling Meadows 23,377 6.9% $220,400 $65,546
94 Palos Hills 17,545 6.0% $189,300 $57,744
95 Harwood Heights 8,628 7.2% $239,900 $51,365
96 Hampshire 5,732 8.5% $209,600 $95,268
97 Elmwood Park 24,845 7.9% $222,800 $53,947
98 Forest Park 14,137 9.5% $205,500 $51,552
99 Wood Dale 13,908 6.9% $213,300 $63,650
100 Crestwood 10,989 7.4% $133,800 $53,572

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