These Are The 10 Best Joliet Suburbs For 2019


We analyzed over 133 places around Joliet to identify the most kickass place to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best Joliet 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 Joliet are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

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 Joliet ‘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 Joliet for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Joliet 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 Joliet.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 134 suburbs to evaluate around Joliet.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 134 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 Joliet.” 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

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10
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Population: 13,187
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $150,880
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
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Western Springs is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Joliet area. We’ll tell you the good about “Awesome Western Springs.”

Everyone here is rich; families average $150,880 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Joliet region. And only 2.9% are out of work. Homes average more than $553,300 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.

Hinsdale, IL

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10
/10

Population: 17,705
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $171,453
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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Hinsdale is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Joliet for 2019.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 3.0% of residents lack insurance, good for 13th best.

Clarendon Hills, IL

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10
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Population: 8,680
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $113,447
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
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Here in Clarendon Hills, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Joliet 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 Clarendon Hills.

La Grange, IL

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10
/10

Population: 15,721
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $117,610
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
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La Grange ranks as the 4th best suburb of Joliet for 2019.

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

Elmhurst, IL

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10
/10

Population: 46,139
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $104,222
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Elmhurst.

Elmhurst gets kudos for having the 11th most expensive homes in the Joliet area, where houses sell for an average of $394,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

Winfield, IL

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6
/10

Population: 9,641
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $102,750
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.1%
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Winfield 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 3.5% which is 9th best in the area.

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

Wheaton, IL

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10
/10

Population: 53,577
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Median Income: $95,238
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Wheaton.

Wheaton 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 23.3 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Naperville, IL

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10
/10

Population: 146,431
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $114,014
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
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Naperville 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 4.0% of people lack insurance, good for 34th in the area.

Glen Ellyn, IL

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10
/10

Population: 27,983
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Income: $105,609
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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Is ‘Everything Better In Glen Ellyn?’

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.

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10
/10

Population: 20,313
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $101,587
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Mokena.

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 Joliet ‘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 Joliet, 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 Joliet Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Western Springs 13,187 $150,880
2 Hinsdale 17,705 $171,453
3 Clarendon Hills 8,680 $113,447
4 La Grange 15,721 $117,610
5 Elmhurst 46,139 $104,222
6 Winfield 9,641 $102,750
7 Wheaton 53,577 $95,238
8 Naperville 146,431 $114,014
9 Glen Ellyn 27,983 $105,609
10 Mokena 20,313 $101,587
11 Oak Brook 8,108 $132,500
12 Elburn 5,639 $100,341
13 Plainfield 41,978 $121,746
14 Burr Ridge 10,783 $134,706
15 Geneva 21,791 $105,161
16 Sugar Grove 9,417 $106,879
17 Indian Head Park 3,829 $82,767
18 La Grange Park 13,587 $90,890
19 New Lenox 25,701 $104,621
20 Palos Park 4,909 $84,609
21 Frankfort 18,572 $118,508
22 Lemont 16,780 $91,056
23 Downers Grove 49,649 $85,546
24 Riverside 8,838 $99,063
25 Darien 22,206 $84,359
26 Wayne 2,424 $133,804
27 Oswego 33,759 $101,191
28 Homer Glen 24,403 $97,254
29 Brookfield 18,937 $78,481
30 Orland Park 59,161 $85,802
31 Lisle 23,024 $83,745
32 Willow Springs 5,677 $92,031
33 Yorkville 18,691 $95,383
34 Westchester 16,687 $76,784
35 St. Charles 32,730 $90,883
36 Batavia 26,499 $92,094
37 Shorewood 16,809 $98,444
38 Palos Heights 12,545 $80,259
39 Olympia Fields 4,970 $97,014
40 Manhattan 7,766 $93,676
41 Channahon 12,455 $88,516
42 Lombard 43,776 $73,145
43 Woodridge 33,447 $80,757
44 Bloomingdale 22,196 $78,720
45 Lockport 25,198 $85,023
46 Tinley Park 57,107 $76,061
47 Willowbrook 8,598 $67,780
48 Orland Hills 7,226 $85,855
49 Flossmoor 9,440 $101,412
50 Evergreen Park 19,796 $67,482
51 Homewood 19,252 $72,955
52 Beecher 4,409 $67,150
53 Oakbrook Terrace 2,699 $74,500
54 North Aurora 17,473 $82,354
55 Villa Park 21,867 $72,098
56 Monee 5,125 $73,485
57 Montgomery 19,187 $84,284
58 Minooka 11,449 $85,579
59 Oak Forest 28,027 $73,765
60 Carol Stream 40,231 $76,078
61 Elwood 2,286 $72,708
62 Westmont 25,040 $60,437
63 Peotone 4,180 $80,776
64 Crete 8,210 $70,904
65 Bolingbrook 74,548 $83,419
66 Sandwich 7,633 $61,656
67 Forest Park 14,127 $55,359
68 Oak Lawn 56,754 $61,398
69 Warrenville 13,373 $84,194
70 Bourbonnais 18,532 $67,052
71 North Riverside 6,966 $61,304
72 Stickney 6,775 $62,652
73 Romeoville 39,682 $73,033
74 Countryside 6,000 $52,892
75 Hickory Hills 13,852 $63,865
76 Berkeley 5,205 $67,130
77 Somonauk 2,133 $59,375
78 Glendale Heights 34,330 $62,763
79 Midlothian 14,809 $61,494
80 Manteno 8,800 $61,535
81 Braidwood 6,273 $62,734
82 Palos Hills 17,540 $57,956
83 Diamond 2,686 $57,298
84 Morris 14,165 $56,181
85 Matteson 19,277 $85,202
86 Crestwood 10,959 $53,909
87 Seneca 2,569 $67,351
88 West Chicago 27,385 $68,413
89 Bradley 15,515 $60,701
90 Hometown 4,344 $45,926
91 Berwyn 56,367 $59,801
92 Burbank 29,081 $55,777
93 Aurora 200,946 $66,848
94 Crest Hill 20,368 $54,198
95 Worth 10,780 $53,452
96 Alsip 19,302 $52,432
97 South Holland 21,991 $61,217
98 Bellwood 19,165 $55,205
99 Hazel Crest 13,935 $54,196
100 Park Forest 21,672 $50,343

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