Best Naperville Suburbs To Live For 2020


We analyzed over 162 places around Naperville to identify the most in demand places to live.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best Naperville 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 Naperville 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 Naperville? Western Springs ranks as the best suburb of Naperville 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 Naperville '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 Naperville 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 Naperville area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Western Springs."

Everyone here is rich; families average $161,563 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Naperville 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.

River Forest, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,064
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $121,908
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on River Forest: Real Estate | Data | Photos

River Forest is the second best 'burb we looked at near Naperville for 2020.

It ranks 14th for incomes in the area and only 2.42% of residents lack insurance, good for 18th best.

Hinsdale, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,654
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $188,684
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Hinsdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Hinsdale, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Naperville 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.

Clarendon Hills, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,711
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $126,500
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Poverty Rate: 5.0%
More on Clarendon Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clarendon Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Naperville for 2020.

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.

Inverness, IL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,747
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Income: $180,541
Unemployment Rate: 2.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.2%
More on Inverness: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Inverness.

Inverness gets kudos for having the 6th most expensive homes in the Naperville area, where houses sell for an average of $625,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

La Grange, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,632
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $121,425
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Poverty Rate: 3.6%
More on La Grange: Real Estate | Data | Photos

La Grange 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 3.87% which is 39th best in the area.

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

Park Ridge, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 37,764
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Median Income: $102,416
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 4.5%
More on Park Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Park Ridge 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 24.4 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Winfield, IL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,708
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Median Income: $107,216
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
More on Winfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Winfield 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 3.24% of people lack insurance, good for 34th in the area.

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 4,872
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 17)
Median Income: $158,393
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.0%
More on South Barrington: Real Estate | Data

Is 'Everything Better In South Barrington?'

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.

Elmhurst, IL

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 46,331
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $113,207
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Elmhurst: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2020 is Elmhurst.

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 Naperville for 2020

Figuring out the best suburbs around Naperville 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 Naperville.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 162 suburbs to evaluate around Naperville.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 162 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 Naperville." 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 Naperville '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 Naperville, 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 Naperville Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Western Springs, IL 13,227 $161,563
2 River Forest, IL 11,064 $121,908
3 Hinsdale, IL 17,654 $188,684
4 Clarendon Hills, IL 8,711 $126,500
5 Inverness, IL 7,747 $180,541
6 La Grange, IL 15,632 $121,425
7 Park Ridge, IL 37,764 $102,416
8 Winfield, IL 9,708 $107,216
9 South Barrington, IL 4,872 $158,393
10 Elmhurst, IL 46,331 $113,207
11 Campton Hills, IL 11,348 $139,500
12 La Grange Park, IL 13,491 $95,466
13 Burr Ridge, IL 10,795 $144,609
14 Geneva, IL 21,799 $111,232
15 Glenview, IL 47,333 $110,402
16 Mokena, IL 20,720 $106,291
17 Glen Ellyn, IL 27,958 $110,669
18 Oak Brook, IL 8,122 $137,059
19 Deer Park, IL 3,668 $171,042
20 Elburn, IL 5,823 $108,500
21 Barrington Hills, IL 3,916 $158,015
22 Wheaton, IL 53,480 $98,544
23 Arlington Heights, IL 75,724 $90,835
24 Barrington, IL 10,304 $115,833
25 Plainfield, IL 43,048 $126,127
26 Lemont, IL 16,935 $95,221
27 Oak Park, IL 52,225 $91,945
28 Frankfort, IL 18,850 $128,309
29 Sugar Grove, IL 9,545 $115,063
30 Downers Grove, IL 49,644 $88,105
31 Palos Park, IL 4,907 $92,143
32 Indian Head Park, IL 3,812 $82,967
33 Itasca, IL 9,042 $88,878
34 New Lenox, IL 26,032 $108,638
35 Riverside, IL 8,810 $113,025
36 Wayne, IL 2,345 $133,233
37 Orland Park, IL 59,100 $88,585
38 Shorewood, IL 17,026 $102,730
39 Oswego, IL 34,383 $103,352
40 West Dundee, IL 7,535 $86,543
41 Palos Heights, IL 12,534 $85,481
42 Algonquin, IL 30,709 $104,532
43 Darien, IL 22,126 $90,904
44 Brookfield, IL 18,858 $81,192
45 Roselle, IL 22,873 $85,070
46 Homer Glen, IL 24,467 $103,048
47 Lisle, IL 23,435 $87,106
48 Bartlett, IL 41,316 $105,245
49 Pingree Grove, IL 7,337 $91,042
50 St. Charles, IL 32,772 $96,197
51 Morton Grove, IL 23,256 $85,476
52 Batavia, IL 26,282 $92,522
53 Westchester, IL 16,573 $80,412
54 Hoffman Estates, IL 51,282 $89,666
55 Sleepy Hollow, IL 3,319 $108,906
56 Lombard, IL 43,904 $79,684
57 Schaumburg, IL 74,569 $79,740
58 Orland Hills, IL 7,181 $87,068
59 Bloomingdale, IL 22,138 $85,105
60 Lincolnwood, IL 12,539 $93,250
61 Woodridge, IL 33,493 $85,192
62 Mount Prospect, IL 55,127 $73,652
63 Olympia Fields, IL 5,055 $98,564
64 Manhattan, IL 7,813 $91,429
65 Norridge, IL 14,888 $64,631
66 Evergreen Park, IL 19,666 $72,054
67 Lockport, IL 25,226 $84,147
68 Channahon, IL 12,718 $91,372
69 Gilberts, IL 7,742 $104,114
70 Willowbrook, IL 8,576 $71,574
71 South Elgin, IL 22,522 $93,617
72 Skokie, IL 64,395 $74,272
73 Palatine, IL 68,847 $76,776
74 Villa Park, IL 21,893 $71,918
75 Flossmoor, IL 9,427 $106,794
76 Oak Forest, IL 27,843 $75,991
77 Willow Springs, IL 5,696 $84,321
78 Homewood, IL 19,592 $73,106
79 Hinckley, IL 2,083 $68,393
80 North Aurora, IL 17,653 $81,096
81 Yorkville, IL 19,145 $95,180
82 Tinley Park, IL 56,898 $76,183
83 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 2,912 $71,719
84 Westmont, IL 25,036 $63,309
85 Minooka, IL 11,291 $85,293
86 Carol Stream, IL 39,989 $79,909
87 Montgomery, IL 19,216 $86,407
88 Sandwich, IL 7,617 $66,707
89 Rolling Meadows, IL 23,229 $68,445
90 Elwood, IL 2,396 $75,469
91 Des Plaines, IL 58,694 $67,636
92 Streamwood, IL 40,413 $80,072
93 East Dundee, IL 3,183 $69,514
94 Prospect Heights, IL 16,250 $67,620
95 North Riverside, IL 6,813 $62,998
96 Somonauk, IL 2,152 $62,941
97 Bolingbrook, IL 74,448 $85,643
98 Stickney, IL 6,732 $59,467
99 Harwood Heights, IL 8,552 $60,643
100 Forest Park, IL 14,041 $59,361

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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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