Best Joliet Suburbs To Live For 2020


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

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

What's the best suburb of Joliet? Western Springs ranks as the best suburb of Joliet 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 Joliet '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 Joliet 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 Joliet area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Western Springs."

Everyone here is rich; families average $161,563 a year, which is the 2nd highest in the Joliet 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.

Hinsdale, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,654
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $188,684
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Hinsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hinsdale is the second best 'burb we looked at near Joliet for 2020.

It ranks 1st for incomes in the area and only 2.83% of residents lack insurance, good for 18th best.

Clarendon Hills, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

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

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

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,632
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $121,425
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on La Grange: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Grange ranks as the 4th best suburb of Joliet for 2020.

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.

Winfield, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,708
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Median Income: $107,216
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Winfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Winfield.

Winfield gets kudos for having the 27th most expensive homes in the Joliet area, where houses sell for an average of $296,300. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

La Grange Park, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,491
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 12)
Median Income: $95,466
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on La Grange Park: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Grange Park 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 4.05% which is 29th best in the area.

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

Elmhurst, IL

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 46,331
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $113,207
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Elmhurst: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Elmhurst 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 28.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Naperville, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 147,411
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $118,187
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Naperville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 2.92% of people lack insurance, good for 21st in the area.

Geneva, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 21,799
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Median Income: $111,232
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
More on Geneva: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is 'Everything Better In Geneva?'

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.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 20,720
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $106,291
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Mokena: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 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.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Joliet for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs 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 for 2014-2018 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 133 suburbs to evaluate around Joliet.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 133 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. 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 Joliet '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 Joliet, 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 Joliet Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Western Springs, IL 13,227 $161,563
2 Hinsdale, IL 17,654 $188,684
3 Clarendon Hills, IL 8,711 $126,500
4 La Grange, IL 15,632 $121,425
5 Winfield, IL 9,708 $107,216
6 La Grange Park, IL 13,491 $95,466
7 Elmhurst, IL 46,331 $113,207
8 Naperville, IL 147,411 $118,187
9 Geneva, IL 21,799 $111,232
10 Mokena, IL 20,720 $106,291
11 Burr Ridge, IL 10,795 $144,609
12 Glen Ellyn, IL 27,958 $110,669
13 Elburn, IL 5,823 $108,500
14 Wheaton, IL 53,480 $98,544
15 Oak Brook, IL 8,122 $137,059
16 Plainfield, IL 43,048 $126,127
17 Lemont, IL 16,935 $95,221
18 Downers Grove, IL 49,644 $88,105
19 Indian Head Park, IL 3,812 $82,967
20 Sugar Grove, IL 9,545 $115,063
21 Frankfort, IL 18,850 $128,309
22 Palos Park, IL 4,907 $92,143
23 Riverside, IL 8,810 $113,025
24 New Lenox, IL 26,032 $108,638
25 Shorewood, IL 17,026 $102,730
26 Brookfield, IL 18,858 $81,192
27 Palos Heights, IL 12,534 $85,481
28 Oswego, IL 34,383 $103,352
29 Darien, IL 22,126 $90,904
30 Orland Park, IL 59,100 $88,585
31 Wayne, IL 2,345 $133,233
32 Lisle, IL 23,435 $87,106
33 Batavia, IL 26,282 $92,522
34 Homer Glen, IL 24,467 $103,048
35 Westchester, IL 16,573 $80,412
36 St. Charles, IL 32,772 $96,197
37 Lombard, IL 43,904 $79,684
38 Orland Hills, IL 7,181 $87,068
39 Woodridge, IL 33,493 $85,192
40 Bloomingdale, IL 22,138 $85,105
41 Olympia Fields, IL 5,055 $98,564
42 Beecher, IL 4,382 $73,482
43 Manhattan, IL 7,813 $91,429
44 Lockport, IL 25,226 $84,147
45 Evergreen Park, IL 19,666 $72,054
46 Channahon, IL 12,718 $91,372
47 Willowbrook, IL 8,576 $71,574
48 Flossmoor, IL 9,427 $106,794
49 Villa Park, IL 21,893 $71,918
50 Homewood, IL 19,592 $73,106
51 Oak Forest, IL 27,843 $75,991
52 North Aurora, IL 17,653 $81,096
53 Tinley Park, IL 56,898 $76,183
54 Yorkville, IL 19,145 $95,180
55 Willow Springs, IL 5,696 $84,321
56 Westmont, IL 25,036 $63,309
57 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 2,912 $71,719
58 Peotone, IL 4,294 $83,358
59 Bourbonnais, IL 19,526 $69,920
60 Minooka, IL 11,291 $85,293
61 Diamond, IL 2,707 $60,417
62 Montgomery, IL 19,216 $86,407
63 Sandwich, IL 7,617 $66,707
64 Carol Stream, IL 39,989 $79,909
65 Elwood, IL 2,396 $75,469
66 Monee, IL 5,124 $69,547
67 North Riverside, IL 6,813 $62,998
68 Bolingbrook, IL 74,448 $85,643
69 Warrenville, IL 13,311 $81,296
70 Forest Park, IL 14,041 $59,361
71 Stickney, IL 6,732 $59,467
72 Hickory Hills, IL 14,018 $66,413
73 Somonauk, IL 2,152 $62,941
74 Crete, IL 8,184 $73,736
75 Oak Lawn, IL 56,420 $62,455
76 Braidwood, IL 6,284 $63,651
77 Romeoville, IL 39,702 $77,053
78 Glendale Heights, IL 34,280 $65,756
79 Palos Hills, IL 17,443 $59,104
80 Matteson, IL 19,336 $81,692
81 Countryside, IL 5,997 $55,714
82 Berkeley, IL 5,171 $64,715
83 Merrionette Park, IL 2,163 $51,951
84 Manteno, IL 8,652 $59,464
85 Morris, IL 13,983 $62,726
86 Midlothian, IL 14,718 $61,606
87 Hometown, IL 4,308 $49,359
88 Crestwood, IL 10,901 $59,712
89 Addison, IL 37,089 $64,377
90 Lyons, IL 10,566 $59,800
91 Burbank, IL 28,947 $59,912
92 Hazel Crest, IL 13,729 $51,083
93 Berwyn, IL 55,949 $60,811
94 Glenwood, IL 8,766 $65,441
95 University Park, IL 7,115 $53,929
96 Park Forest, IL 21,699 $51,267
97 West Chicago, IL 27,328 $71,268
98 Worth, IL 10,728 $58,675
99 Aurora, IL 200,660 $69,730
100 Bradley, IL 15,428 $61,373

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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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