These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Illinois For 2019


We analyzed 332 places in Illinois to determine where the 1% live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the richest cities in Illinois.

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Inverness, Glencoe, Lake Bluff: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Illinois. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Prairie State.

Inverness in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $173,828 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 0.7%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Illinois share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey for the 332 places in Illinois with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Illinois for 2019:

  1. Inverness (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Glencoe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Lake Bluff (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Winnetka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Western Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Deerfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Libertyville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Northbrook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Campton Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Hawthorn Woods (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Illinois.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out some more reading about Illinois:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Illinois For 2019

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Illinois
The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “richest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2013-2017 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 332 places with more than 5,000 people in Illinois, we ranked each place from 1 to 332 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Rich Score” with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Inverness, crowned the “Richest City In Illinois For 2019”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 332 places.

Inverness, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,723
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Median Income: $173,828
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 0.7%
More on Inverness: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Inverness is a suburban village in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,399 at the 2010 census.

Glencoe, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,923
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $203,235
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 3.0%
More on Glencoe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Lake Bluff, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 5,651
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $160,417
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 1.9%
More on Lake Bluff: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lake Bluff is a village in Shields Township, Lake County, Illinois, United States. The population was 7,469 as of 2015.

Winnetka, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,504
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Income: $216,875
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Winnetka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Western Springs, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,187
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Median Income: $150,880
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.2%
More on Western Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Western Springs is a village located in Cook County, Illinois, United States and is a suburb of Chicago. As of the 2010 census, the village had a total population of 12,975. It is twinned with Rugeley, United Kingdom.

Deerfield, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,896
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Income: $142,621
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Deerfield: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Deerfield is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States, approximately 25 miles north of Chicago with a small portion extending into Cook County, Illinois. The population was 18,225 at the 2010 census, a decline of 175 from 2000.

Libertyville, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 20,504
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Median Income: $126,406
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Libertyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Libertyville is a village in Lake County, Illinois, United States and a suburb of Chicago. It is located 5 miles (8 km) west of Lake Michigan on the Des Plaines River. The 2014 census population was 20,512. (There is also a township of the same name, which includes the village and some surrounding areas.) Located in northeastern Illinois, southwest of Waukegan and west of Lake Forest, its immediate neighbors are Mundelein to the west, Green Oaks, Mettawa, and Rondout to the east, Gurnee to the north, Grayslake to the northwest, and Vernon Hills to the south.

Northbrook, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 33,591
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Median Income: $119,568
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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.

Campton Hills, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 11,386
Rank Last Year: 31 (Up 22)
Median Income: $131,658
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 1.8%
More on Campton Hills: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Hawthorn Woods, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,962
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Median Income: $168,224
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Poverty Rate: 3.2%
More on Hawthorn Woods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Illinois For 2019

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Illinois, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Illinois.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Illinois, according to data:

Poorest: Centreville
2nd Poorest: Harvey
3rd Poorest: East St. Louis

For more Illinois reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Illinois

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Inverness 3.5 $173,828
2 Glencoe 8.5 $203,235
3 Lake Bluff 10.0 $160,417
4 Winnetka 10.33 $216,875
5 Western Springs 11.83 $150,880
6 Deerfield 12.5 $142,621
7 Libertyville 15.0 $126,406
8 Northbrook 17.17 $119,568
9 Campton Hills 17.33 $131,658
10 Hawthorn Woods 18.0 $168,224
11 Oak Brook 18.33 $132,500
12 Spring Grove 19.0 $117,790
13 Long Grove 21.33 $187,212
14 Johnsburg 24.5 $113,864
15 Lake Forest 27.17 $169,122
16 Wilmette 27.83 $148,678
17 Winfield 31.0 $102,750
18 Hinsdale 31.17 $171,453
19 Barrington 32.0 $111,528
20 Elburn 35.17 $100,341
21 Oswego 35.33 $101,191
22 Glenview 35.5 $103,773
23 Sugar Grove 36.5 $106,879
24 River Forest 36.83 $106,947
25 Lake Zurich 37.33 $111,651
26 Plainfield 41.33 $121,746
27 Park Ridge 43.0 $98,219
28 Mahomet 44.67 $97,621
29 Elmhurst 45.67 $104,222
30 Clarendon Hills 48.5 $113,447
31 Chatham 50.17 $81,402
32 Mokena 51.0 $101,587
33 Itasca 52.33 $84,726
34 Homer Glen 52.5 $97,254
35 Morton 54.33 $76,888
36 Gilberts 54.5 $105,087
37 Lake Barrington 55.0 $101,582
38 Arlington Heights 56.33 $87,790
39 Buffalo Grove 57.0 $106,564
40 Willow Springs 59.5 $92,031
41 New Lenox 59.83 $104,621
42 Burr Ridge 59.83 $134,706
43 St. Charles 61.0 $90,883
44 Bartlett 62.0 $99,957
45 Huntley 62.17 $75,587
46 Lincolnshire 62.5 $116,554
47 Glen Ellyn 63.17 $105,609
48 West Dundee 64.0 $84,182
49 Shorewood 65.17 $98,444
50 Wheaton 65.33 $95,238
51 Washington 66.5 $71,930
52 Northfield 66.83 $105,929
53 Naperville 67.5 $114,014
54 Highland Park 67.67 $137,450
55 Lake In The Hills 68.17 $87,683
56 La Grange 68.17 $117,610
57 Yorkville 69.5 $95,383
58 Lemont 69.83 $91,056
59 Orland Park 71.33 $85,802
60 Roselle 73.33 $81,346
61 Frankfort 73.67 $118,508
62 Geneva 75.33 $105,161
63 Hoffman Estates 75.67 $87,608
64 Lake Villa 77.0 $92,951
65 Troy 77.5 $71,346
66 Vernon Hills 78.17 $97,880
67 Darien 79.17 $84,359
68 Lincolnwood 80.33 $93,226
69 Manhattan 80.5 $93,676
70 Montgomery 81.67 $84,284
71 Gurnee 82.67 $90,548
72 Channahon 84.67 $88,516
73 Morton Grove 84.67 $79,978
74 Roscoe 85.0 $79,253
75 Westchester 85.5 $76,784
76 Lockport 87.0 $85,023
77 Bloomingdale 87.67 $78,720
78 Wauconda 87.83 $76,561
79 Algonquin 88.0 $103,291
80 Mundelein 88.83 $86,336
81 Pingree Grove 89.33 $78,433
82 Cary 89.33 $98,529
83 Downers Grove 89.67 $85,546
84 Island Lake 90.67 $73,692
85 Mount Zion 90.83 $71,121
86 Godfrey 91.5 $68,530
87 Woodridge 92.33 $80,757
88 Winthrop Harbor 92.67 $83,700
89 Stickney 95.67 $62,652
90 Romeoville 95.83 $73,033
91 Glen Carbon 96.33 $84,153
92 Monticello 96.5 $74,583
93 Lindenhurst 96.83 $93,806
94 Round Lake 97.33 $74,011
95 Antioch 99.17 $80,219
96 La Grange Park 99.33 $90,890
97 Rockton 100.17 $77,843
98 Schaumburg 100.83 $77,022
99 Palos Heights 101.83 $80,259
100 Swansea 101.83 $73,534

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Illinois For 2019

  1. Nice list, BUT –> You forgot ‘Lake Forest’, which to be accurate, is way pricier than 65% of the incomes made by town-dwellers on this list. Both the cost of homes, living and the paychecks made to afford them.

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