These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Illinois


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:

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

If you’re wondering, Sumner is the most affordable city in Illinois.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Illinois.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In Illinois

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.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 334 places in Illinois that have more than 5,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Glencoe, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Glencoe

Glencoe, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,824
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 417
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

2. Winnetka

Winnetka, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,366
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 407
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

3. Lake Forest

Lake Forest, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,914
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 379
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

4. Oak Brook

Oak Brook, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,967
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 377
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

5. Hinsdale

Hinsdale, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,898
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 366
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

6. Long Grove

Long Grove, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,017
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 347
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

7. Inverness

Inverness, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,516
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 345
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

8. Burr Ridge

Source: Google Maps

Population: 10,678
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 317
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

9. Northfield

Northfield, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,332
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 309
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

10. Lake Bluff

Lake Bluff, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,867
Services Index: 106
Groceries Index: 108
Housing Index: 307
Healthcare Index: 100
Transportation Index: 112
Utilities Index: 104

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 exensive city in the Prairie State.

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

  1. Sumner
  2. Fairfield
  3. Carmi

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Illinois

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Glencoe 1 8,824 106 108 100 417 112 104
Winnetka 2 12,366 106 108 100 407 112 104
Lake Forest 3 18,914 106 108 100 379 112 104
Oak Brook 4 7,967 106 108 100 377 112 104
Hinsdale 5 16,898 106 108 100 366 112 104
Long Grove 6 8,017 106 108 100 347 112 104
Inverness 7 7,516 106 108 100 345 112 104
Burr Ridge 8 10,678 106 108 100 317 112 104
Northfield 9 5,332 106 108 100 309 112 104
Lake Bluff 10 5,867 106 108 100 307 112 104
Wilmette 11 27,345 106 108 100 301 112 104
Lincolnshire 12 7,270 106 108 100 297 112 104
Western Springs 13 13,066 106 108 100 276 112 104
Northbrook 14 33,396 106 108 100 263 112 104
Deerfield 15 18,476 106 108 100 259 112 104
River Forest 16 11,211 106 108 100 259 112 104
Hawthorn Woods 17 7,727 106 108 100 254 112 104
Clarendon Hills 18 8,548 106 108 100 250 112 104
Highland Park 19 29,819 106 108 100 249 112 104
Glenview 20 45,400 106 108 100 245 112 104
Barrington 21 10,830 106 108 100 222 112 104
La Grange 22 15,675 106 108 100 212 112 104
Lincolnwood 23 12,653 106 108 100 211 112 104
Park Ridge 24 37,511 106 108 100 201 112 104
Libertyville 25 20,398 106 108 100 198 112 104
Glen Ellyn 26 27,394 106 108 100 185 112 104
Elmhurst 27 45,105 106 108 100 184 112 104
Evanston 28 75,282 106 108 100 181 112 104
Highwood 29 5,400 106 108 100 180 112 104
Campton Hills 30 10,908 96 106 104 204 100 103
Riverside 31 8,915 106 108 100 179 112 104
Oak Park 32 51,988 106 108 100 176 112 104
Morton Grove 33 23,424 106 108 100 173 112 104
Naperville 34 144,108 96 106 104 189 100 103
Homer Glen 35 24,322 96 106 104 189 100 103
Frankfort 36 18,100 96 106 104 186 100 103
Arlington Heights 37 75,577 106 108 100 171 112 104
Spring Grove 38 5,390 97 97 109 185 99 114
Palos Heights 39 12,572 106 108 100 170 112 104
Vernon Hills 40 25,535 106 108 100 169 112 104
Lake Zurich 41 19,849 106 108 100 169 112 104
La Grange Park 42 13,624 106 108 100 166 112 104
Buffalo Grove 43 41,613 106 108 100 163 112 104
Wheaton 44 53,406 96 106 104 172 100 103
Skokie 45 65,056 106 108 100 158 112 104
Itasca 46 8,579 106 108 100 158 112 104
Willow Springs 47 5,692 106 108 100 156 112 104
Downers Grove 48 49,372 96 106 104 167 100 103
Bartlett 49 41,529 106 108 100 155 112 104
Mount Prospect 50 54,589 106 108 100 154 112 104
Lemont 51 16,376 96 106 104 166 100 103
Algonquin 52 30,189 106 108 100 153 112 104
Geneva 53 21,662 96 106 104 165 100 103
Plainfield 54 40,641 96 106 104 163 100 103
Westchester 55 16,786 106 108 100 152 112 104
Lisle 56 22,626 96 106 104 162 100 103
Bloomingdale 57 22,208 106 108 100 151 112 104
Winfield 58 9,368 96 106 104 160 100 103
Palatine 59 69,015 106 108 100 149 112 104
Niles 60 29,939 106 108 100 146 112 104
West Dundee 61 7,367 106 108 100 146 112 104
Darien 62 22,251 96 106 104 155 100 103
Mokena 63 18,804 96 106 104 154 100 103
Westmont 64 25,236 106 108 100 144 112 104
Prospect Heights 65 16,344 106 108 100 144 112 104
Gurnee 66 31,182 106 108 100 142 112 104
Hoffman Estates 67 52,271 106 108 100 141 112 104
Harwood Heights 68 8,656 106 108 100 141 112 104
Norridge 69 14,713 106 108 100 140 112 104
Sugar Grove 70 9,096 96 106 104 151 100 103
Roselle 71 22,951 106 108 100 139 112 104
Elk Grove Village 72 33,288 106 108 100 139 112 104
Oswego 73 31,723 96 106 104 148 100 103
Schaumburg 74 74,560 106 108 100 138 112 104
Wood Dale 75 13,882 106 108 100 138 112 104
Lombard 76 43,853 106 108 100 137 112 104
Orland Park 77 57,802 96 106 104 146 100 103
New Lenox 78 24,747 96 106 104 145 100 103
Rolling Meadows 79 23,646 106 108 100 134 112 104
Batavia 80 25,905 96 106 104 145 100 103
Lindenhurst 81 14,412 106 108 100 134 112 104
Des Plaines 82 58,802 106 108 100 133 112 104
Shorewood 83 16,186 96 106 104 144 100 103
Flossmoor 84 9,339 96 106 104 142 100 103
Addison 85 37,215 106 108 100 132 112 104
Villa Park 86 22,073 106 108 100 130 112 104
Streamwood 87 40,746 106 108 100 130 112 104
Cary 88 18,115 106 108 100 130 112 104
Carol Stream 89 40,136 106 108 100 129 112 104
Mundelein 90 31,498 106 108 100 129 112 104
Brookfield 91 19,022 106 108 100 129 112 104
Lake Villa 92 8,860 106 108 100 129 112 104
Chicago 93 2,712,608 106 108 100 127 112 104
Woodridge 94 33,227 96 106 104 139 100 103
Johnsburg 95 6,322 96 96 103 155 99 95
Bensenville 96 18,457 106 108 100 126 112 104
North Riverside 97 6,940 106 108 100 126 112 104
Grayslake 98 20,863 106 108 100 124 112 104
Gilberts 99 7,256 96 96 103 153 99 95
Hickory Hills 100 14,117 106 108 100 123 112 104

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