These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Illinois For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Illinois that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Illinois does this very well. Families love the Prairie State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Illinois that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Illinois for 2018:

  1. Glencoe (Photos)
  2. Winnetka (Photos)
  3. Lake Forest (Photos)
  4. Oak Brook (Photos)
  5. Hinsdale (Photos)
  6. Long Grove
  7. Inverness (Photos)
  8. Burr Ridge
  9. Northfield
  10. Lake Bluff (Photos)

So hopefully Galesburg (the cheapest place to live in Illinois) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Illinois or the cheapest.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Prairie State For 2018

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Illinois to figure out which is the most expensive.

What you are left with is a ‘Cost of Living Index’ that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 332 places in Illinois that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

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1. Glencoe

Glencoe, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,728
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 417
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
Glencoe (/lnko/) is a village in northeastern Cook County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, the total population was 8,723. Glencoe is located on Chicago’s North Shore and is located within the New Trier High School District.

2. Winnetka

Winnetka, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,210
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 407
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
Winnetka (/wntk/) is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States, located 16 miles north of downtown Chicago. The population was 12,187 at the 2010 census. The village is one of the wealthiest places in the nation in terms of household income, and the richest in Illinois.

3. Lake Forest

Lake Forest, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,068
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 379
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
Lake Forest is a city located in Lake County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 19,375. The city is along the shore of Lake Michigan, and is a part of the Chicago metropolitan area and the North Shore. Lake Forest was founded around Lake Forest College and was laid out as a town in 1857 as a stop for travelers making their way south to Chicago. The Lake Forest City Hall, designed by Charles Sumner Frost, was completed in 1898 and originally housed the fire department, the Lake Forest Library, and city offices. Lake Forest is among the wealthiest cities in the United States.[according to whom?]

4. Oak Brook

Oak Brook, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,905
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 377
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
Oak Brook is an affluent village in DuPage County with a small portion in Cook County in Illinois. The population was 7,883 at the 2010 census. A suburb of Chicago, Oak Brook serves as home to the headquarters of several notable companies and organizations including McDonald’s (now moving to Chicago), Ace Hardware, Blistex, Federal Signal, CenterPoint Properties, Sanford L.P., TreeHouse Foods, and Lions Clubs International.

5. Hinsdale

Hinsdale, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,594
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 366
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104

6. Long Grove


Population: 8,031
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 347
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
Long Grove is an affluent village in Lake County, Illinois, United States, approximately 35 miles (56 km) northwest of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village had a population of 8,043. The village has strict building ordinances to preserve its ‘country atmosphere’.

7. Inverness

Inverness, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,457
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 345
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
Inverness is a suburban village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,399 at the 2010 census.

8. Burr Ridge


Population: 10,590
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 317
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
Burr Ridge (formerly Harvester) is a suburb of Chicago, in Cook and DuPage counties, Illinois, United States. The village is listed among the top wealthiest towns in Illinois and is locally known for its large beautiful residences. The population was 10,559 at the 2010 census.

9. Northfield


Population: 5,234
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 309
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104

10. Lake Bluff

Lake Bluff, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,214
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 307
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
Lake Bluff is a village in Shields Township, Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,469 as of 2015.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Illinois that have the highest cost of living, with Glencoe ranking as the most expensive city in the Prairie State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Illinois:

  1. Galesburg
  2. Monmouth
  3. Quincy

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Illinois

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Glencoe 1 8,728 106 108 100
Winnetka 2 12,210 106 108 100
Lake Forest 3 19,068 106 108 100
Oak Brook 4 7,905 106 108 100
Hinsdale 5 16,594 106 108 100
Long Grove 6 8,031 106 108 100
Inverness 7 7,457 106 108 100
Burr Ridge 8 10,590 106 108 100
Northfield 9 5,234 106 108 100
Lake Bluff 10 6,214 106 108 100
Wilmette 11 27,202 106 108 100
Lincolnshire 12 7,228 106 108 100
Western Springs 13 12,853 106 108 100
Northbrook 14 33,095 106 108 100
Deerfield 15 18,452 106 108 100
River Forest 16 11,174 106 108 100
Hawthorn Woods 17 7,451 106 108 100
Clarendon Hills 18 8,434 106 108 100
Highland Park 19 29,909 106 108 100
Glenview 20 44,478 106 108 100
Barrington 21 10,739 106 108 100
La Grange 22 15,563 106 108 100
Lincolnwood 23 12,538 106 108 100
Park Ridge 24 37,266 106 108 100
Libertyville 25 20,388 106 108 100
Glen Ellyn 26 27,503 106 108 100
Elmhurst 27 44,385 106 108 100
Evanston 28 74,619 106 108 100
Highwood 29 5,396 106 108 100
Riverside 30 8,859 106 108 100
Oak Park 31 51,781 106 108 100
Morton Grove 32 23,194 106 108 100
Arlington Heights 33 75,221 106 108 100
Palos Heights 34 12,446 106 108 100
Lake Zurich 35 19,679 106 108 100
Vernon Hills 36 25,144 106 108 100
La Grange Park 37 13,552 106 108 100
Buffalo Grove 38 41,667 106 108 100
Itasca 39 8,494 106 108 100
Skokie 40 64,588 106 108 100
Willow Springs 41 5,455 106 108 100
Bartlett 42 41,017 106 108 100
Mount Prospect 43 54,144 106 108 100
Algonquin 44 29,924 106 108 100
Westchester 45 16,684 106 108 100
Bloomingdale 46 22,028 106 108 100
Palatine 47 68,338 106 108 100
Niles 48 29,720 106 108 100
West Dundee 49 7,307 106 108 100
Westmont 50 25,101 106 108 100
Prospect Heights 51 16,228 106 108 100
Gurnee 52 31,222 106 108 100
Hoffman Estates 53 52,066 106 108 100
Harwood Heights 54 8,573 106 108 100
Norridge 55 14,656 106 108 100
Elk Grove Village 56 33,166 106 108 100
Roselle 57 22,814 106 108 100
Schaumburg 58 74,276 106 108 100
Wood Dale 59 13,778 106 108 100
Lombard 60 43,180 106 108 100
Rolling Meadows 61 23,645 106 108 100
Lindenhurst 62 14,415 106 108 100
Des Plaines 63 58,302 106 108 100
Addison 64 36,977 106 108 100
Streamwood 65 40,201 106 108 100
Cary 66 18,202 106 108 100
Villa Park 67 22,212 106 108 100
Carol Stream 68 39,869 106 108 100
Lake Villa 69 8,827 106 108 100
Brookfield 70 18,812 106 108 100
Mundelein 71 31,506 106 108 100
Chicago 72 2,702,471 106 108 100
North Riverside 73 6,920 106 108 100
Bensenville 74 18,480 106 108 100
Grayslake 75 20,943 106 108 100
Hickory Hills 76 14,355 106 108 100
Elmwood Park 77 24,876 106 108 100
Wauconda 78 12,960 106 108 100
Forest Park 79 14,194 106 108 100
Schiller Park 80 11,782 106 108 100
Countryside 81 5,905 106 108 100
South Holland 82 21,994 106 108 100
Palos Hills 83 17,458 106 108 100
Burbank 84 28,851 106 108 100
Island Lake 85 8,114 106 108 100
Wheeling 86 37,575 106 108 100
Berwyn 87 56,376 106 108 100
Oak Lawn 88 56,524 106 108 100
Round Lake 89 17,773 106 108 100
Lakemoor 90 6,415 106 108 100
Evergreen Park 91 19,852 106 108 100
Glendale Heights 92 34,159 106 108 100
Melrose Park 93 25,241 106 108 100
Hanover Park 94 37,990 106 108 100
Justice 95 12,877 106 108 100
Lyons 96 10,651 106 108 100
Franklin Park 97 18,333 106 108 100
River Grove 98 10,224 106 108 100
Hillside 99 8,136 106 108 100
Elgin 100 109,513 106 108 100
Berkeley 101 5,189 106 108 100
Bridgeview 102 16,394 106 108 100
Alsip 103 19,264 106 108 100
Worth 104 10,787 106 108 100
Northlake 105 12,287 106 108 100
Summit 106 11,166 106 108 100
Beach Park 107 13,482 106 108 100
Carpentersville 108 37,758 106 108 100
Fox Lake 109 10,768 106 108 100
Round Lake Park 110 7,382 106 108 100
Stickney 111 6,731 106 108 100
Chicago Ridge 112 14,303 106 108 100
Broadview 113 7,938 106 108 100
Midlothian 114 14,788 106 108 100
Bellwood 115 19,105 106 108 100
Crestwood 116 10,951 106 108 100
Maywood 117 24,177 106 108 100
Round Lake Beach 118 28,133 106 108 100
Cicero 119 83,756 106 108 100
Glenwood 120 9,033 106 108 100
Posen 121 5,975 106 108 100
Zion 122 24,400 106 108 100
Spring Grove 123 5,452 97 97 109
Markham 124 12,514 106 108 100
Waukegan 125 88,982 106 108 100
Lynwood 126 9,042 106 108 100
North Chicago 127 31,677 106 108 100
Lansing 128 28,270 106 108 100
Blue Island 129 23,457 106 108 100
Dolton 130 23,230 106 108 100
Calumet Park 131 7,913 106 108 100
Calumet City 132 37,070 106 108 100
Riverdale 133 13,552 106 108 100
Harvey 134 24,959 106 108 100
Robbins 135 5,132 106 108 100
Park City 136 7,383 106 108 100
Antioch 137 14,185 97 103 115
Winthrop Harbor 138 6,752 97 103 115
Campton Hills 139 10,985 96 106 104
Naperville 140 142,143 96 106 104
Homer Glen 141 24,428 96 106 104
Frankfort 142 17,787 96 106 104
Wheaton 143 53,155 96 106 104
Downers Grove 144 48,621 96 106 104
Lemont 145 15,954 96 106 104
Geneva 146 21,588 96 106 104
Plainfield 147 39,030 96 106 104
Lisle 148 22,453 96 106 104
Winfield 149 9,168 96 106 104
Darien 150 22,163 96 106 104
Mokena 151 18,424 96 106 104
Sugar Grove 152 8,831 96 106 104
Manteno 153 9,253 96 90 104
Oswego 154 30,302 96 106 104
Orland Park 155 56,607 96 106 104
Batavia 156 25,693 96 106 104
New Lenox 157 24,369 96 106 104
Shorewood 158 15,611 96 106 104
Flossmoor 159 9,387 96 106 104
South Beloit 160 7,917 97 97 109
Bourbonnais 161 18,582 96 90 104
Woodridge 162 32,926 96 106 104
North Aurora 163 16,231 96 106 104
Warrenville 164 13,346 96 106 104
Yorkville 165 17,055 96 106 104
Minooka 166 10,548 96 106 104
Orland Hills 167 7,118 96 106 104
Tinley Park 168 56,340 96 106 104
Elburn 169 5,595 96 106 104
West Chicago 170 27,079 96 106 104
South Elgin 171 21,873 96 106 104
Channahon 172 12,377 96 106 104
Manhattan 173 6,456 96 106 104
Bolingbrook 174 73,383 96 106 104
O’Fallon 175 28,377 97 101 101
Shiloh 176 12,726 97 101 101
Romeoville 177 39,175 96 106 104
Montgomery 178 18,123 96 106 104
Crete 179 8,336 96 106 104
Glen Carbon 180 13,129 97 101 101
Bradley 181 15,777 96 90 104
Lockport 182 24,672 96 106 104
Oak Forest 183 27,922 96 106 104
Edwardsville 184 24,093 97 101 101
Maryville 185 7,480 97 101 101
Matteson 186 18,692 96 106 104
Aurora 187 196,569 96 106 104
Country Club Hills 188 16,540 96 106 104
Columbia 189 9,687 97 101 101
Morris 190 13,896 96 106 104
Homewood 191 19,526 96 106 104
Waterloo 192 9,826 97 101 101
Hazel Crest 193 14,341 96 106 104
Kankakee 194 27,560 96 90 104
Crest Hill 195 20,724 96 106 104
Joliet 196 147,098 96 106 104
Savoy 197 6,989 96 92 109
Troy 198 9,959 97 101 101
Richton Park 199 13,568 96 106 104
Coal City 200 5,346 96 106 104
Plano 201 10,602 96 106 104
Pontiac 202 12,210 96 90 104
Swansea 203 13,495 97 101 101
Monee 204 5,099 96 106 104
Sandwich 205 7,563 96 106 104
Highland 206 9,434 97 101 101
Fairview Heights 207 16,838 97 101 101
Braidwood 208 6,047 96 106 104
Mahomet 209 7,230 96 92 109
Watseka 210 5,630 96 90 104
Wilmington 211 5,918 96 106 104
Wilmington 212 5,918 96 106 104
Mascoutah 213 7,578 97 101 101
Godfrey 214 17,941 97 101 101
Bethalto 215 9,506 97 101 101
University Park 216 7,034 96 106 104
Collinsville 217 25,370 97 101 101
Sauk Village 218 10,473 96 106 104
Chicago Heights 219 30,328 96 106 104
Belleville 220 44,118 97 101 101
Carbondale 221 25,961 97 101 101
Steger 222 9,629 96 106 104
Ottawa 223 19,258 96 106 104
Jerseyville 224 8,833 97 101 101
Pontoon Beach 225 5,790 97 101 101
Park Forest 226 22,424 96 106 104
Champaign 227 81,083 96 92 109
Urbana 228 41,299 96 92 109
Greenville 229 6,941 97 101 101
Monticello 230 5,297 96 92 109
Wood River 231 10,643 97 101 101
Alton 232 27,868 97 101 101
Marseilles 233 5,022 96 106 104
Granite City 234 29,916 97 101 101
Cahokia 235 15,169 97 101 101
Charleston 236 21,952 107 96 109
East Alton 237 6,309 97 101 101
Chester 238 8,523 97 101 101
Mount Vernon 239 15,051 97 101 101
Salem 240 7,407 97 101 101
Murphysboro 241 8,166 97 101 101
Centreville 242 5,306 97 101 101
Pinckneyville 243 5,631 97 101 101
Streator 244 13,068 96 106 104
Centralia 245 13,019 97 101 101
Chatham 246 11,807 103 101 106
Robinson 247 7,656 107 96 109
Du Quoin 248 6,089 97 101 101
Paris 249 8,896 107 96 109
Rantoul 250 12,880 96 92 109
Johnsburg 251 6,325 96 96 103
Gilberts 252 6,786 96 96 103
Springfield 253 115,982 103 101 106
Huntley 254 23,897 96 96 103
Jacksonville 255 19,401 103 101 106
Hillsboro 256 7,363 103 101 106
Hampshire 257 6,174 96 96 103
Lincoln 258 14,259 103 101 106
Taylorville 259 11,768 103 101 106
Crystal Lake 260 40,867 96 96 103
Carlinville 261 5,799 103 101 106
Litchfield 262 7,086 103 101 106
Beardstown 263 6,193 103 101 106
Woodstock 264 24,781 96 96 103
Poplar Grove 265 5,879 96 96 103
Marengo 266 7,675 96 96 103
Roscoe 267 10,679 96 96 103
Geneseo 268 6,604 99 100 92
Sycamore 269 17,505 96 96 103
Silvis 270 7,474 99 100 92
Genoa 271 5,693 96 96 103
Moline 272 43,390 99 100 92
Rockton 273 7,370 96 96 103
East Moline 274 21,585 99 100 92
Rock Island 275 38,808 99 100 92
Colona 276 5,013 99 100 92
Harvard 277 9,172 96 96 103
Milan 278 5,089 99 100 92
Machesney Park 279 23,231 96 96 103
Loves Park 280 23,968 96 96 103
Rochelle 281 9,578 96 96 103
Belvidere 282 25,544 96 96 103
Morton 283 16,255 98 98 96
Rockford 284 152,948 96 96 103
Mendota 285 7,138 96 96 103
Washington 286 15,052 98 98 96
Kewanee 287 12,903 99 100 92
Normal 288 52,986 98 98 96
Bloomington 289 76,527 98 98 96
Dixon 290 15,332 96 96 103
Sterling 291 15,367 96 96 103
Rock Falls 292 9,075 96 96 103
Freeport 293 25,529 96 96 103
Eureka 294 5,421 98 98 96
Peoria 295 114,754 98 98 96
East Peoria 296 23,321 98 98 96
Peru 297 10,189 98 98 96
Princeton 298 7,831 98 98 96
Bartonville 299 6,448 98 98 96
Chillicothe 300 6,139 98 98 96
Spring Valley 301 5,530 98 98 96
Pekin 302 33,700 98 98 96
Danville 303 32,977 100 102 93
Hoopeston 304 5,601 100 102 93
Peoria Heights 305 6,216 98 98 96
Carterville 306 5,485 92 93 92
Canton 307 14,699 98 98 96
Creve Coeur 308 5,460 98 98 96
Marion 309 17,198 92 93 92
Herrin 310 12,524 92 93 92
Metropolis 311 6,537 92 93 92
Flora 312 5,018 92 93 92
Mount Carmel 313 7,276 92 93 92
Olney 314 9,032 92 93 92
Harrisburg 315 8,962 92 93 92
Benton 316 7,284 92 93 92
West Frankfort 317 8,394 92 93 92
Carmi 318 5,351 92 93 92
Fairfield 319 5,285 92 93 92
Sumner 320 5,073 92 93 92
Mount Zion 321 5,703 94 96 92
Effingham 322 12,297 94 96 92
Clinton 323 7,007 94 96 92
Decatur 324 76,091 94 96 92
Shelbyville 325 5,267 94 96 92
Mattoon 326 18,162 94 96 92
Vandalia 327 6,096 94 96 92
Pana 328 5,850 94 96 92
Macomb 329 19,260 90 95 94
Quincy 330 40,647 90 95 94
Monmouth 331 9,659 90 95 94
Galesburg 332 32,038 90 95 94

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