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.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Illinois? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Prairie State for 2019:

  1. Plano (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Hinsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Columbia (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Western Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Winnetka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Deerfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Geneva (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Yorkville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lisle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. La Grange (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Illinois, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Illinois and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in Illinois anyways?

To give you the places in Illinois which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

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.

Plano, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,863
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Aurora
Households with kids: 44.7%
More on Plano: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Hinsdale, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,705
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 61
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 46.4%
More on Hinsdale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Columbia, IL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,188
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: St. Louis
Households with kids: 37.1%
More on Columbia: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Western Springs, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,187
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 41.6%
More on Western Springs: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Winnetka, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,504
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 45.8%
More on Winnetka: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Deerfield, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,896
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 33
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 40.6%
More on Deerfield: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Geneva, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 21,791
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Aurora
Households with kids: 35.6%
More on Geneva: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Yorkville, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 18,691
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 37
Closest Major City: Aurora
Households with kids: 45.8%
More on Yorkville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Lisle, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 23,024
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Aurora
Households with kids: 23.5%
More on Lisle: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

La Grange, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,721
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Chicago
Households with kids: 40.9%
More on La Grange: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Illinois

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Illinois ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Illinois according to the data:

  1. Country Club Hills
  2. East St. Louis
  3. Urbana

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Illinois

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Plano, IL 11,863 39
2 Hinsdale, IL 17,705 50
3 Columbia, IL 10,188 33
4 Western Springs, IL 13,187 50
5 Winnetka, IL 12,504 43
6 Deerfield, IL 18,896 56
7 Geneva, IL 21,791 61
8 Yorkville, IL 18,691 50
9 Lisle, IL 23,024 41
10 La Grange, IL 15,721 41
11 Palos Heights, IL 12,545 35
12 Palos Hills, IL 17,540 57
13 Warrenville, IL 13,373 38
14 River Forest, IL 11,215 45
15 Romeoville, IL 39,682 40
16 Wheaton, IL 53,577 43
17 Barrington, IL 10,455 39
18 Oswego, IL 33,759 54
19 Troy, IL 10,208 59
20 Brookfield, IL 18,937 57
21 River Grove, IL 10,232 55
22 West Chicago, IL 27,385 63
23 Edwardsville, IL 24,823 45
24 Lemont, IL 16,780 57
25 La Grange Park, IL 13,587 59
26 Glen Ellyn, IL 27,983 42
27 Elmhurst, IL 46,139 38
28 Channahon, IL 12,455 38
29 Highland, IL 10,031 62
30 Grayslake, IL 21,168 52
31 Round Lake, IL 18,533 59
32 Park Ridge, IL 37,810 50
33 Chatham, IL 12,749 48
34 Cary, IL 17,940 41
35 Frankfort, IL 18,572 46
36 Mundelein, IL 31,786 43
37 Washington, IL 16,359 39
38 Campton Hills, IL 11,386 60
39 Bartlett, IL 41,487 57
40 Plainfield, IL 41,978 54
41 Lyons, IL 10,599 48
42 Glen Carbon, IL 12,776 53
43 Homer Glen, IL 24,403 56
44 Libertyville, IL 20,504 45
45 Roselle, IL 22,925 58
46 Bourbonnais, IL 18,532 38
47 Highland Park, IL 29,796 63
48 Naperville, IL 146,431 66
49 Wilmette, IL 27,393 45
50 Sycamore, IL 17,712 51
51 Huntley, IL 26,265 40
52 Palatine, IL 69,099 54
53 Mount Prospect, IL 54,493 60
54 Summit, IL 11,398 54
55 Wood Dale, IL 13,897 57
56 Westmont, IL 25,040 54
57 Crystal Lake, IL 40,331 58
58 Elgin, IL 112,628 53
59 Glenview, IL 47,066 49
60 Villa Park, IL 21,867 39
61 Antioch, IL 14,333 41
62 Mokena, IL 20,313 59
63 Shorewood, IL 16,809 35
64 New Lenox, IL 25,701 41
65 Worth, IL 10,780 33
66 Dixon, IL 15,257 65
67 Algonquin, IL 30,664 47
68 Batavia, IL 26,499 58
69 Downers Grove, IL 49,649 48
70 Lincoln, IL 13,912 50
71 Glendale Heights, IL 34,330 55
72 Evanston, IL 75,557 49
73 Lockport, IL 25,198 48
74 Prospect Heights, IL 16,345 52
75 South Holland, IL 21,991 35
76 Northlake, IL 12,376 44
77 Bolingbrook, IL 74,548 38
78 Melrose Park, IL 25,447 56
79 Bensenville, IL 18,432 43
80 Des Plaines, IL 58,805 53
81 Darien, IL 22,206 46
82 Aurora, IL 200,946 68
83 Chicago Ridge, IL 14,338 31
84 Lake Zurich, IL 19,983 55
85 Schiller Park, IL 11,779 52
86 Westchester, IL 16,687 33
87 Lombard, IL 43,776 63
88 Hanover Park, IL 38,350 60
89 Charleston, IL 21,202 37
90 Wheeling, IL 38,264 49
91 Northbrook, IL 33,591 59
92 South Elgin, IL 22,322 42
93 Lake In The Hills, IL 28,908 32
94 Buffalo Grove, IL 41,551 42
95 Pontiac, IL 12,047 39
96 Morton Grove, IL 23,391 56
97 Morris, IL 14,165 33
98 Taylorville, IL 11,027 57
99 Oak Park, IL 52,229 56
100 Canton, IL 14,187 58

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One thought on “10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Illinois For 2019

  1. The picture you’re using for Geneva is actually in BATAVIA,IL. It’s southern neighbor. That Windmill is in Fabyan park and is Batavia. It’s how Batavia gets its nick-name: The Windmill City! If you want to use an iconic pic of Geneva, try historic State Street. Little known fact: State Street in Geneva is featured in the movie: “The Road to Perdition” because of it’s “lost in time” look. The entire scene where Jude Law and Tom Hanks face off was filmed on that street. Many residents were treated to friendly surprises and “thank you’s” from the movie’s other co-star: Paul Newman, while they were filming.
    I grew up in St. Charles, Geneva’s northern neighbor city. The whole Tri-city area was and still is a great place to live, raise a family and grow up!

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