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Naperville, Illinois

  • County: DuPage
  • Nearest Big City: Chicago

This western suburb of Chicago is growing, and it’s not hard to see why: Naperville, Il., has been named the best place to be a kid by the U.S. Census Bureau, the best place to raise a family by the education site Niche and one of AARP’s top ten towns for seniors.

A host of corporate headquarters call Naperville home, and the Northern Illinois Planning Commission projects 83,000 new jobs in the city by 2023. Families hoping to give their children a safe, nurturing and economically robust environment to grow up will find Naperville is a competitive option, offering some of the state’s best public schools, according to the Illinois State Report Card. Naperville’s average home price surpasses even Chicago at $503,471.

The city’s many recreational activities are another reason families say they love living here. Take a stroll through Riverwalk Park, or visit the Morton Arboretum to see spectacular fall colors and lush summer and springtime greenery. More of a beach person? Naperville’s Centennial Beach along the Dupage River will satisfy your swimming and sunbathing needs. — Mary Ellen Cagnassola

Naperville, Illinois

  • Population
    142,360
  • Median Household Income
    $128,381
  • Median Home Price
    $422,323
  • Unemployment Rate
    3.5%
Sources: Population and median household income provided by Synergos Technologies Inc.; unemployment rate (by county) provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics; and median home price provided by ATTOM Data Solutions.