These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Illinois For 2018


We analyzed over 344 places in Illinois to determine where the 1% live.

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Western Springs, Winnetka, Glencoe: 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.

Western Springs in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $147,361 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.1%.

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 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 334 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 2018:

  1. Western Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Winnetka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Glencoe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Lake Bluff (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Hawthorn Woods (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Inverness (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Deerfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Northbrook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Oak Brook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Wilmette (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 2018

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 2012-2016 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 334 places with more than 5,000 people in Illinois, we ranked each place from 1 to 334 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, Western Springs, crowned the “Richest Place In Illinois For 2018”.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 334 places.

Western Springs, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,133.0
Median Income: $147,361.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.1%
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.

Winnetka, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 12,437.0
Median Income: $207,857.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
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.

Glencoe, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,870.0
Median Income: $185,320.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
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: 5,758.0
Median Income: $150,962.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.4%
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.

Hawthorn Woods, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 7,590.0
Median Income: $156,413.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Hawthorn Woods: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Inverness, IL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 7,844.0
Median Income: $172,949.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Poverty Rate: 0.5%
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.

Deerfield, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 18,686.0
Median Income: $143,729.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
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.

Northbrook, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 33,538.0
Median Income: $115,243.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 2.7%
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.

Oak Brook, IL

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,988.0
Median Income: $144,286.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Oak Brook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Wilmette, IL

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 27,367.0
Median Income: $138,651.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 3.3%
More on Wilmette: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wilmette is a village in New Trier Township, Cook County, Illinois, United States. It is located 14 miles (23 km) north of Chicago’s downtown district (4 mi or 6 km from Chicago’s northern border) and had a population at the 2010 census of 27,087. Wilmette is considered a bedroom community in the North Shore region. In 2007, Wilmette was ranked as the seventh best place to raise children in the U.S., according to Business Week. In 2015, Wilmette was ranked the best place to live in Illinois based on a variety of factors including its low unemployment rate, median income, low housing vacancy rate, high education expenditures per student, low crime, and short commute times. Wilmette is home to two of Illinois’ 17 elementary schools (Romona Elementary School and St. Joseph School) to be awarded the 2017 National Blue Ribbon award.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Illinois For 2018

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 Western Springs 7.0 $147,361
2 Winnetka 8.67 $207,857
3 Glencoe 10.33 $185,320
4 Lake Bluff 12.17 $150,962
5 Hawthorn Woods 12.83 $156,413
6 Inverness 14.83 $172,949
7 Deerfield 16.0 $143,729
8 Northbrook 16.33 $115,243
9 Oak Brook 19.17 $144,286
10 Wilmette 20.67 $138,651
11 Libertyville 22.67 $119,125
12 Plainfield 24.0 $116,896
13 Long Grove 28.17 $184,208
14 Lake Forest 29.17 $162,117
15 Oswego 29.67 $97,537
16 River Forest 31.67 $103,622
17 Sugar Grove 32.0 $104,754
18 Winfield 32.33 $96,849
19 Barrington 33.67 $119,688
20 Glenview 35.83 $102,009
21 Park Ridge 37.5 $92,474
22 Mokena 37.67 $98,662
23 Hinsdale 38.67 $173,558
24 Burr Ridge 38.83 $126,771
25 Johnsburg 43.5 $105,700
26 St. Charles 45.33 $89,971
27 Gilberts 45.83 $123,399
28 Elmhurst 46.33 $100,671
29 Homer Glen 48.17 $92,054
30 Clarendon Hills 48.67 $111,981
31 Campton Hills 49.17 $119,044
32 Huntley 49.5 $76,998
33 Lake Zurich 49.67 $110,786
34 Northfield 51.83 $125,636
35 Buffalo Grove 52.83 $101,376
36 New Lenox 54.67 $102,273
37 Mahomet 55.33 $86,612
38 Morton 57.5 $73,263
39 Bartlett 57.83 $100,458
40 Manhattan 58.0 $86,536
41 Chatham 58.17 $80,808
42 Lincolnwood 58.67 $96,222
43 Lincolnshire 59.67 $102,364
44 Highland Park 60.0 $130,355
45 Washington 60.33 $71,702
46 Hoffman Estates 60.5 $88,733
47 Grayslake 62.17 $82,881
48 Naperville 62.17 $110,676
49 Darien 63.17 $82,255
50 Gurnee 64.33 $88,553
51 Waterloo 66.33 $70,534
52 Vernon Hills 67.17 $95,217
53 La Grange 67.67 $105,417
54 Arlington Heights 67.67 $79,979
55 Elburn 68.67 $96,896
56 Algonquin 69.17 $100,027
57 Willow Springs 72.5 $81,926
58 Spring Grove 73.0 $111,000
59 Shiloh 73.67 $81,146
60 Roselle 74.0 $79,040
61 Frankfort 75.5 $113,250
62 Yorkville 75.67 $85,045
63 Lake Villa 76.33 $91,220
64 Bloomingdale 76.5 $76,757
65 Glen Carbon 76.83 $81,658
66 Glen Ellyn 77.0 $101,967
67 Lemont 77.67 $89,524
68 Montgomery 79.17 $80,900
69 West Dundee 79.5 $80,087
70 Mount Zion 80.83 $66,125
71 Roscoe 80.83 $76,463
72 Troy 81.33 $72,054
73 Orland Park 81.67 $85,580
74 Monee 81.83 $69,381
75 North Aurora 82.83 $81,826
76 Itasca 83.67 $82,269
77 Lockport 85.5 $79,148
78 Wheaton 87.33 $91,241
79 Columbia 88.0 $73,442
80 Round Lake 88.17 $76,605
81 Woodridge 90.0 $76,858
82 South Elgin 90.0 $87,738
83 La Grange Park 90.0 $85,671
84 Lake In The Hills 91.17 $85,895
85 Channahon 91.5 $89,957
86 Auburn 91.5 $62,386
87 Downers Grove 93.0 $85,171
88 Wauconda 93.5 $76,886
89 Antioch 93.67 $81,406
90 Schaumburg 93.83 $75,658
91 Elk Grove Village 94.83 $71,082
92 Riverside 95.33 $100,696
93 Crystal Lake 95.67 $80,760
94 Pingree Grove 96.33 $76,780
95 Lindenhurst 96.83 $87,031
96 Mount Prospect 97.17 $69,517
97 Geneva 99.0 $100,284
98 Cary 99.67 $98,715
99 Island Lake 100.0 $72,992
100 Morton Grove 100.0 $75,797

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