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Best places to raise a family in Illinois

  • Best places to raise a family in Illinois
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    Best places to raise a family in Illinois

    For the majority of people, there comes a moment in time when the prerequisites for a place to call home drastically change. This usually happens while planning to have children or shortly after the little ones arrive. Priorities dramatically shift, often prompting a move to a new home or even a new city. Cutting-edge restaurants and hipster cocktail bars suddenly take a backseat to excellent schools and plenty of playgrounds.

    So where exactly are the best places to raise a family in Illinois? Stacker has collected data from Niche’s 2018 best places to raise a family rankings to determine where children are most likely to thrive. The rankings measure the appeal of an area based on public schools, crime rates, cost of living, affordability, and access to family-friendly amenities.

    To create this list, Niche used data from several databases, including the U.S. Census, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Centers for Disease Control, as well as Niche’s own proprietary data and community reviews. The data includes the area’s population, median home value, median rent, median household income, and the percentage of households with children. It also takes into consideration the national average for median home value—$184,700, median rent—$949, and median household income—$55,322.

    Read on to find out where to consider moving if you are raising a family in Illinois.

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  • #25. Hawthorn Woods—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #25. Hawthorn Woods—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 7,590
    Median home value: $504,200
    Median rent: $3,501
    Median household income: $156,413
    Percentage of households with children: 22%

  • #24. Deerfield—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #24. Deerfield—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 18,686
    Median home value: $508,800
    Median rent: $1,559
    Median household income: $143,729
    Percentage of households with children: 22%

  • #23. La Grange—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #23. La Grange—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 15,688
    Median home value: $446,100
    Median rent: $1,125
    Median household income: $105,417
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #22. Barrington—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #22. Barrington—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 10,449
    Median home value: $493,000
    Median rent: $1,220
    Median household income: $119,688
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #21. Vernon Hills—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #21. Vernon Hills—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 25,910
    Median home value: $323,400
    Median rent: $1,226
    Median household income: $95,217
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #20. Lincolnshire—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #20. Lincolnshire—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 7,291
    Median home value: $476,600
    Median rent: $2,436
    Median household income: $102,364
    Percentage of households with children: 16%

  • #19. South Barrington—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #19. South Barrington—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 4,766
    Median home value: $804,800
    Median rent: N/A
    Median household income: $184,141
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #18. Glenview—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #18. Glenview—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 46,559
    Median home value: $478,400
    Median rent: $1,657
    Median household income: $102,009
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #17. Indian Head Park—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #17. Indian Head Park—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 3,823
    Median home value: $237,300
    Median rent: $872
    Median household income: $82,219
    Percentage of households with children: 14%

  • #16. Oak Park—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #16. Oak Park—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 51,989
    Median home value: $359,100
    Median rent: $1,050
    Median household income: $82,826
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #15. Northbrook—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #15. Northbrook—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 33,538
    Median home value: $519,300
    Median rent: $1,962
    Median household income: $115,243
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #14. Northfield—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #14. Northfield—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 5,374
    Median home value: $597,900
    Median rent: $1,613
    Median household income: $125,636
    Percentage of households with children: 16%

  • #13. Green Oaks—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #13. Green Oaks—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 3,832
    Median home value: $556,800
    Median rent: $2,001
    Median household income: $162,396
    Percentage of households with children: 24%

  • #12. Kildeer—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #12. Kildeer—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 3,976
    Median home value: $606,500
    Median rent: $961
    Median household income: $166,790
    Percentage of households with children: 22%

  • #11. Tower Lakes—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #11. Tower Lakes—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 1,149
    Median home value: $480,000
    Median rent: $886
    Median household income: $172,946
    Percentage of households with children: 20%

  • #10. Naperville—city in Illinois
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    #10. Naperville—city in Illinois

    Population: 145,789
    Median home value: $388,400
    Median rent: $1,360
    Median household income: $110,676
    Percentage of households with children: 21%

  • #9. Wilmette—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #9. Wilmette—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 27,367
    Median home value: $636,900
    Median rent: $1,713
    Median household income: $138,651
    Percentage of households with children: 24%

  • #8. Glencoe—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #8. Glencoe—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 8,870
    Median home value: $891,300
    Median rent: $1,233
    Median household income: $185,320
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #7. Winnetka—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #7. Winnetka—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 12,437
    Median home value: $989,600
    Median rent: $1,627
    Median household income: $207,857
    Percentage of households with children: 28%

  • #6. Hinsdale—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #6. Hinsdale—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 17,438
    Median home value: $859,400
    Median rent: $1,785
    Median household income: $173,558
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #5. Western Springs—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #5. Western Springs—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 13,133
    Median home value: $530,800
    Median rent: $1,677
    Median household income: $147,361
    Percentage of households with children: 26%

  • #4. Buffalo Grove—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #4. Buffalo Grove—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 41,554
    Median home value: $299,600
    Median rent: $1,399
    Median household income: $101,376
    Percentage of households with children: 18%

  • #3. Long Grove—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #3. Long Grove—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 8,065
    Median home value: $652,100
    Median rent: $2,019
    Median household income: $184,208
    Percentage of households with children: 19%

  • #2. Clarendon Hills—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #2. Clarendon Hills—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 8,641
    Median home value: $485,900
    Median rent: $974
    Median household income: $111,981
    Percentage of households with children: 25%

  • #1. Kenilworth—suburb of Chicago, IL
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    #1. Kenilworth—suburb of Chicago, IL

    Population: 2,613
    Median home value: $1,095,600
    Median rent: $3,501
    Median household income: $211,023
    Percentage of households with children: 26%

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