10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Illinois For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Illinois.

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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 2019.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Illinois? That would be Lincolnshire.

So hopefully Hoopeston (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 some more reading about Illinois and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Illinois For 2019

Lincolnshire, IL

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Population: 7,328
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (22nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 44.9x (17th most expensive)
More on Lincolnshire: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lincolnshire is a village in Vernon Township, Lake County, in the U.S. state of Illinois. The village is a northern suburb of Chicago. The population of Lincolnshire was 7,275 at the 2010 census. Lincolnshire was incorporated on August 5, 1957, from the unincorporated Half Day area when land was purchased to build a residential subdivision. The community underwent an aggressive era of expansion from 1983 to the 1990s. The Des Plaines River bisects the village, passing from north to south; Illinois Route 22 also divides the village into two parts, crossing the village from east to west.

The median income in Lincolnshire comes in at $116,554 and the median home value is $503,000 for 2019.

Highwood, IL

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Population: 5,375
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 6.5x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 49.1x (30th most expensive)
More on Highwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Highwood is a city in Moraine Township, Lake County, Illinois, United States located between Chicago and Kenosha. The city is also located just south of the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve.

The median income in Highwood comes in at $55,427 and the median home value is $362,400 for 2019.

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Population: 12,637
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.1x (32nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 50.9x (46th most expensive)
More on Lincolnwood: Real Estate | Data

Lincolnwood is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 12,590 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Lincolnwood comes in at $93,226 and the median home value is $385,700 for 2019.

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Population: 23,391
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.6x (53rd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 46.4x (26th most expensive)
More on Morton Grove: Real Estate | Data

Morton Grove is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,270, for a growth rate of 3.6% since 2000.

The median income in Morton Grove comes in at $79,978 and the median home value is $290,500 for 2019.

Evanston, IL

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Population: 75,557
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.9x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 57.8x (97th most expensive)
More on Evanston: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Evanston is a city in Cook County, Illinois, United States, 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, bordered by Chicago to the south, Skokie to the west, and Wilmette to the north. It had a population of 74,486 as of 2010. It is one of the North Shore communities that adjoin Lake Michigan and is the home of Northwestern University. The boundaries of the city of Evanston are coterminous with those of the former Evanston Township, which was dissolved in 2014 by voters with its functions being absorbed by the city of Evanston.

The median income in Evanston comes in at $74,901 and the median home value is $367,300 for 2019.

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Population: 15,083
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (20th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.9x (55th most expensive)
More on Norridge: Real Estate | Data

Norridge is a village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 14,572 at the 2010 census.

The median income in Norridge comes in at $63,378 and the median home value is $275,000 for 2019.

Northbrook, IL

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Population: 33,591
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (21st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 58.7x (107th most expensive)
More on Northbrook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Northbrook is an affluent suburb of Chicago, located at the northern edge of Cook County, Illinois, United States.

The median income in Northbrook comes in at $119,568 and the median home value is $517,700 for 2019.

Glenview, IL

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Population: 47,066
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.7x (11th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 59.9x (115th most expensive)
More on Glenview: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Glenview is an affluent suburban village located in Cook County, Illinois on The North Shore. As of the 2010 United States Census, the village population was 44,692.

The median income in Glenview comes in at $103,773 and the median home value is $488,300 for 2019.

Niles, IL

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Population: 29,823
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 7)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.6x (15th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 53.7x (64th most expensive)
More on Niles: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Niles is a village in Maine and Niles townships, Cook County, Illinois, United States. The 2010 population from the U.S. Census Bureau was 29,803.

The median income in Niles comes in at $58,293 and the median home value is $265,900 for 2019.

Chicago, IL

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Population: 2,722,586
Rank Last Year: 12 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.5x (16th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 51.0x (47th most expensive)
More on Chicago: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Chicago or ), officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. It is the county seat of Cook County. The Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland, has nearly 10million people and is the third-largest in the United States. Chicago has often been called a global architecture capital and is considered one of the most important business centers in the world.

The median income in Chicago comes in at $52,497 and the median home value is $234,500 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The Prairie State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Illinois
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 326 places in Illinois that have more than 5,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Illinois according to the data is Lincolnshire.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Illinois For 2019

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

Here’s a look at the most affordable cities in Illinois according to the data:

  1. Hoopeston
  2. Clinton
  3. Dixon

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Illinois

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Lincolnshire 19.0 7,328 4.3x 44.9x
2 Highwood 22.0 5,375 6.5x 49.1x
3 Lincolnwood 36.0 12,637 4.1x 50.9x
4 Morton Grove 45.0 23,391 3.6x 46.4x
5 Evanston 45.67 75,557 4.9x 57.8x
6 Norridge 46.33 15,083 4.3x 51.9x
7 Northbrook 48.0 33,591 4.3x 58.7x
8 Glenview 48.67 47,066 4.7x 59.9x
9 Niles 49.0 29,823 4.6x 53.7x
10 Chicago 50.67 2,722,586 4.5x 51.0x
11 Palos Heights 56.67 12,545 3.5x 49.9x
12 Westmont 57.33 25,040 4.8x 58.6x
13 Burr Ridge 57.67 10,783 4.8x 65.2x
14 Elmwood Park 59.0 24,831 4.2x 53.5x
15 Harwood Heights 61.0 8,604 4.6x 57.3x
16 Skokie 66.67 64,773 4.1x 59.6x
17 Countryside 68.17 6,000 4.2x 55.2x
18 Forest Park 69.33 14,127 4.1x 56.3x
19 Prospect Heights 72.33 16,345 4.4x 62.0x
20 River Grove 73.67 10,232 4.1x 51.4x
21 Rolling Meadows 73.67 23,418 3.4x 51.4x
22 Homer Glen 74.67 24,403 3.1x 55.8x
23 Willowbrook 79.67 8,598 3.2x 50.7x
24 Carbondale 79.67 26,196 5.6x 31.0x
25 Northfield 79.67 5,459 5.6x 71.7x
26 Lombard 80.0 43,776 3.3x 57.0x
27 Urbana 81.0 42,141 4.3x 42.9x
28 Justice 83.0 12,973 3.7x 51.7x
29 Bloomingdale 85.0 22,196 3.7x 63.9x
30 Addison 87.0 37,104 3.9x 61.0x
31 Des Plaines 87.0 58,805 3.6x 61.1x
32 Lisle 87.33 23,024 4.0x 67.8x
33 Wood Dale 87.67 13,897 3.2x 54.6x
34 Melrose Park 88.33 25,447 3.6x 51.7x
35 Itasca 90.67 8,692 3.7x 66.9x
36 Schaumburg 90.67 74,427 3.1x 57.7x
37 Mount Prospect 92.33 54,493 4.3x 69.2x
38 Elmhurst 92.33 46,139 3.8x 69.3x
39 Elk Grove Village 92.67 33,180 3.5x 63.9x
40 Dekalb 93.33 43,141 3.7x 48.0x
41 Winfield 93.33 9,641 2.9x 58.6x
42 Westchester 94.33 16,687 2.9x 53.8x
43 Chicago Ridge 95.17 14,338 3.5x 46.0x
44 Champaign 95.33 85,710 3.5x 49.4x
45 Arlington Heights 96.0 75,911 3.9x 69.7x
46 Palatine 96.33 69,099 3.5x 65.5x
47 Downers Grove 97.33 49,649 4.0x 70.3x
48 Campton Hills 98.0 11,386 3.2x 67.4x
49 Bensenville 99.0 18,432 3.3x 57.4x
50 Park Ridge 101.0 37,810 4.1x 75.7x
51 River Forest 101.33 11,215 5.4x 84.0x
52 Lyons 104.0 10,599 3.3x 50.7x
53 West Chicago 104.17 27,385 3.5x 65.5x
54 Huntley 105.17 26,265 3.1x 62.8x
55 Morris 105.83 14,165 3.5x 60.1x
56 Lake Forest 106.33 18,931 5.1x 93.2x
57 Hinsdale 106.67 17,705 5.1x 96.7x
58 Roselle 107.0 22,925 3.0x 61.7x
59 Vernon Hills 108.0 26,084 3.4x 69.8x
60 Highland Park 108.33 29,796 4.2x 82.9x
61 Wheeling 108.33 38,264 2.9x 52.3x
62 Burbank 108.5 29,081 3.1x 54.9x
63 Palos Hills 108.67 17,540 3.2x 58.8x
64 Oak Park 108.67 52,229 4.2x 79.2x
65 Wheaton 109.5 53,577 3.6x 72.2x
66 Barrington 110.0 10,455 4.4x 84.7x
67 Summit 110.33 11,398 3.4x 54.2x
68 Alsip 110.67 19,302 3.2x 56.1x
69 Woodridge 111.0 33,447 3.2x 66.6x
70 Darien 111.0 22,206 3.7x 74.9x
71 Wilmette 111.67 27,393 4.4x 98.5x
72 Winnetka 112.67 12,504 4.7x 112.3x
73 Schiller Park 113.33 11,779 3.3x 60.7x
74 Oak Lawn 114.33 56,754 3.1x 59.2x
75 Glencoe 114.33 8,923 4.6x 164.3x
76 Villa Park 115.33 21,867 3.2x 66.3x
77 Cicero 115.33 83,735 3.2x 50.4x
78 North Riverside 115.67 6,966 3.6x 67.1x
79 Glendale Heights 116.33 34,330 2.8x 53.9x
80 Northlake 117.0 12,376 3.2x 57.1x
81 Deerfield 117.0 18,896 3.5x 80.7x
82 Crest Hill 117.33 20,368 3.0x 52.0x
83 Western Springs 118.33 13,187 3.7x 84.6x
84 Hillside 121.33 8,151 3.0x 52.0x
85 Naperville 121.33 146,431 3.5x 80.6x
86 Pingree Grove 122.0 6,661 2.4x 46.4x
87 La Grange Park 123.33 13,587 3.7x 81.7x
88 West Dundee 124.0 7,376 3.1x 69.3x
89 Bridgeview 124.33 16,511 3.0x 57.4x
90 La Grange 124.67 15,721 3.9x 99.8x
91 Clarendon Hills 125.0 8,680 4.2x 115.4x
92 Carol Stream 125.0 40,231 3.0x 66.8x
93 Maywood 125.33 23,981 2.9x 50.7x
94 Orland Park 125.67 59,161 3.2x 73.3x
95 Lake Bluff 125.67 5,651 3.8x 107.7x
96 Riverside 126.33 8,838 4.0x 100.6x
97 Glen Ellyn 126.67 27,983 4.0x 104.7x
98 Flossmoor 127.0 9,440 2.2x 49.8x
99 Hoffman Estates 127.33 51,631 3.0x 69.1x
100 Willow Springs 127.83 5,677 3.7x 85.3x

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.