These Are The 10 Best Naperville Suburbs For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth 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…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Naperville for 2019:

  1. Western Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. River Forest (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hinsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Clarendon Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Park Ridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. La Grange (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Inverness (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Campton Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Elmhurst (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Deer Park (Homes For Sale)

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.

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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 Naperville for 2019

Figuring out the best ‘burbs 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 (2013-2017) 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 163 suburbs to evaluate around Naperville.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 163 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.

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

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,187
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $150,880
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
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 $150,880 a year, which is the 4th highest in the Naperville region. And only 290.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $553,300 each.

River Forest, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 11,215
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $106,947
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
More on River Forest: Real Estate | Data | Photos

River Forest is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Naperville for 2019.

It ranks 16th for incomes in the area and only 2.2% of residents lack insurance, good for 8th best.

Hinsdale, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 17,705
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $171,453
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Poverty Rate: 4.2%
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: 8,680
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $113,447
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 5.8%
More on Clarendon Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Clarendon Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Naperville for 2019.

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.

Park Ridge, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 37,810
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $98,219
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Park Ridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Coming in as the fifth best is Park Ridge.

Park Ridge gets kudos for having the 17th most expensive homes in the Naperville area, where houses sell for an average of $407,100. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

La Grange, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 15,721
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $117,610
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Poverty Rate: 4.3%
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 540.0% which is 76th 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.

Inverness, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,723
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $173,828
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 0.7%
More on Inverness: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Inverness 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 25.5 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Campton Hills, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,386
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Median Income: $131,658
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Campton Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Campton Hills 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 2.0% of people lack insurance, good for 5th in the area.

Elmhurst, IL

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Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 46,139
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Income: $104,222
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Elmhurst: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Is ‘Everything Better In Elmhurst?’

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

6
/10

Population: 3,453
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Income: $163,750
Unemployment Rate: 2.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
More on Deer Park: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 is Deer Park.

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 Naperville ‘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 Naperville, 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 Naperville Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Western Springs 13,187 $150,880
2 River Forest 11,215 $106,947
3 Hinsdale 17,705 $171,453
4 Clarendon Hills 8,680 $113,447
5 Park Ridge 37,810 $98,219
6 La Grange 15,721 $117,610
7 Inverness 7,723 $173,828
8 Campton Hills 11,386 $131,658
9 Elmhurst 46,139 $104,222
10 Deer Park 3,453 $163,750
11 Winfield 9,641 $102,750
12 Glenview 47,066 $103,773
13 Wheaton 53,577 $95,238
14 Oak Brook 8,108 $132,500
15 Glen Ellyn 27,983 $105,609
16 Arlington Heights 75,911 $87,790
17 Mokena 20,313 $101,587
18 Barrington 10,455 $111,528
19 Elburn 5,639 $100,341
20 Plainfield 41,978 $121,746
21 Barrington Hills 3,622 $148,893
22 Burr Ridge 10,783 $134,706
23 Sugar Grove 9,417 $106,879
24 Geneva 21,791 $105,161
25 Indian Head Park 3,829 $82,767
26 South Barrington 4,829 $143,571
27 La Grange Park 13,587 $90,890
28 Frankfort 18,572 $118,508
29 Palos Park 4,909 $84,609
30 New Lenox 25,701 $104,621
31 Oak Park 52,229 $87,271
32 Itasca 8,692 $84,726
33 Riverside 8,838 $99,063
34 Lemont 16,780 $91,056
35 Wayne 2,424 $133,804
36 West Dundee 7,376 $84,182
37 Downers Grove 49,649 $85,546
38 Darien 22,206 $84,359
39 Homer Glen 24,403 $97,254
40 Oswego 33,759 $101,191
41 Lincolnwood 12,637 $93,226
42 Roselle 22,925 $81,346
43 Algonquin 30,664 $103,291
44 Bartlett 41,487 $99,957
45 Orland Park 59,161 $85,802
46 Willow Springs 5,677 $92,031
47 St. Charles 32,730 $90,883
48 Brookfield 18,937 $78,481
49 Lisle 23,024 $83,745
50 Morton Grove 23,391 $79,978
51 Gilberts 7,638 $105,087
52 Yorkville 18,691 $95,383
53 Batavia 26,499 $92,094
54 Westchester 16,687 $76,784
55 Shorewood 16,809 $98,444
56 Palos Heights 12,545 $80,259
57 Manhattan 7,766 $93,676
58 Pingree Grove 6,661 $78,433
59 Sleepy Hollow 3,325 $102,188
60 Olympia Fields 4,970 $97,014
61 Channahon 12,455 $88,516
62 Bloomingdale 22,196 $78,720
63 Woodridge 33,447 $80,757
64 Schaumburg 74,427 $77,022
65 Lombard 43,776 $73,145
66 Mount Prospect 54,493 $71,925
67 Hoffman Estates 51,631 $87,608
68 Lockport 25,198 $85,023
69 Willowbrook 8,598 $67,780
70 Tinley Park 57,107 $76,061
71 Evergreen Park 19,796 $67,482
72 South Elgin 22,322 $89,565
73 Flossmoor 9,440 $101,412
74 Orland Hills 7,226 $85,855
75 Oakbrook Terrace 2,699 $74,500
76 Norridge 15,083 $63,378
77 Skokie 64,773 $70,544
78 Palatine 69,099 $76,633
79 Homewood 19,252 $72,955
80 Hinckley 2,153 $65,938
81 Villa Park 21,867 $72,098
82 North Aurora 17,473 $82,354
83 Montgomery 19,187 $84,284
84 Minooka 11,449 $85,579
85 Oak Forest 28,027 $73,765
86 Des Plaines 58,805 $67,415
87 Elwood 2,286 $72,708
88 Carol Stream 40,231 $76,078
89 Westmont 25,040 $60,437
90 Streamwood 40,615 $80,152
91 Niles 29,823 $58,293
92 Bolingbrook 74,548 $83,419
93 Prospect Heights 16,345 $60,929
94 Sandwich 7,633 $61,656
95 Forest Park 14,127 $55,359
96 Countryside 6,000 $52,892
97 Oak Lawn 56,754 $61,398
98 Warrenville 13,373 $84,194
99 Stickney 6,775 $62,652
100 Rolling Meadows 23,418 $65,173

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