These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live 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 | Homes For Sale)
  2. Winnetka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Lake Forest (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Oak Brook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Hinsdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Long Grove (Homes For Sale)
  7. Inverness (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Burr Ridge (Homes For Sale)
  9. Northfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lake Bluff (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 331 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

Population: 8,728
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 417
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Glencoe: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Population: 12,210
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 407
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Winnetka: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Population: 19,068
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 379
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Lake Forest: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Population: 7,905
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 377
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Oak Brook: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Population: 16,594
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 366
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Hinsdale: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Long Grove

Long Grove, Illinois

Population: 8,031
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 347
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Long Grove: Homes For Sale | Data
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

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

8. Burr Ridge

Burr Ridge, Illinois

Population: 10,590
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 317
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Burr Ridge: Homes For Sale | Data
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

Northfield, Illinois

Population: 5,234
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 309
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Northfield: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Lake Bluff

Lake Bluff, Illinois

Population: 6,214
Services: 106
Groceries: 108
Health Care: 100
Housing: 307
Transportation: 112
Utilities: 104
More on Lake Bluff: Homes For Sale | Data
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

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

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