Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Illinois a good place?
The answer is unequivocally yes… if you know where to locate the best places to live in Illinois.
Lucky for you, we’re here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Prairie State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn’t our first rodeo — we’ve been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.
So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best pat of Illinois, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 91 counties in the state.
After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Prairie State for 2018:
- Mercer County (Photos)
- Woodford County (Photos)
- Jasper County (Photos)
- Piatt County (Photos)
- Kendall County (Photos)
- Shelby County (Photos)
- Monroe County (Photos)
- Hancock County (Photos)
- Menard County
- McHenry County (Photos)
Mercer County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Illinois. And you might want to avoid Alexander County if you can — at least according to the data.
So if you’re thinking of making the move Illinois, we’ve got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.
How do you determine which Illinois county is the best?
To give you the best county in Illinois, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what’s a ‘best county’ and what isn’t. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you’d make at a bar using facts, don’t take this analysis to court.
We paid particular attention to:
- Violent Crime Rates
- Property Crime Rates
- Median Home Values
- Median Income
- Unemployment Rates
- Adult Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty Rates
We then ranked each county in Illinois across each of the criteria from one to 91, with one being the best.
Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the ‘Best County To Live In Illinois’.
The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Prairie State.
Read on to see why Mercer County is the best county, while Alexander County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Illinois.
4. Piatt County
10. Mchenry County
There You Have It – The Best Counties In Illinois To Call Home For 2018
It turns out living in Illinois can vary from one part of the state to the next — who woulda thought?
But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that’s why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.
Here’s a look at the worst counties in Illinois according to the data:
- Alexander County
- Vermilion County
- Greene County
For more Illinois reading, check out:
- 10 Safest Places In Illinois
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Illinois
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Illinois
- These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Illinois