23 of the Best Illinois Towns to Raise a Family

Illinoisans looking for a place to settle down and raise a family can turn to the plethora of living options Illinois has to offer. Our state has many towns and cities for families interested in finding the best environments for their children. Niche recently reviewed 4,264 towns to determine which are the best-suited for families when taking nine main factors into consideration:

  1. Crime & Safety: Niche's Crime & Safety Grade, which incorporates statistics that capture a location's general safety.
  2. Education: Niche's Education Grade, which incorporates the average Niche K-12 overall grade for every public school serving the area, where each school is weighted by the number of students it serves.
  3. Access to Libraries: A measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of libraries.
  4. Community: Niche's Community Grade, which incorporates statistics that capture an area's involvement and investment in the community.
  5. Housing: Niche's Housing Grade, which incorporates statistics that capture how good an area is to purchase a home.
  6. Residents 35-44 Years Old: Percentage of residents between the ages of 35 and 44.
  7. Residents 9 Years Old and Under: Percentage of residents between the ages of 0 and 9.
  8. Access to Day Cares: A measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of day care services.
  9. Access to Grocery Stores: A measure of both the proximity (per square mile) and the availability (per capita) of grocery stores.
Note that the qualifying "towns" analyzed include suburbs and cities with populations under 100,000. The following are 23 of the 37 best Illinois towns to raise a family, according to Niche.

37. Canton (central Illinois)

Population: 14,646

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36. Du Quoin (southern Illinois)

Population: 6,063

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35. Rantoul (eastern Illinois)

Population: 12,958

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34. Ottawa (north central Illinois)

Population: 19,116

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33. Charleston (eastern Illinois)

Population: 22,048

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32. Harvard (northern Illinois)

Population: 9,023

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31. Jerseyville (southwest Illinois)

Population: 8,553

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30. Macomb (western Illinois)

Population: 19,267

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29. Morris (northeast Illinois)

Population: 14,019

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28. Wilmington (northeast Illinois)

Population: 6,028

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27. Fairfield (southeast Illinois)

Population: 5,372

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26. Peru (north central Illinois)

Population: 10,188

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25. Sterling (northwest Illinois)

Population: 15,314

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24. Greenville (southwest Illinois)

Population: 6,881

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23. Flora (southeast Illinois)

Population: 5,077

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22. Marion (southern Illinois)

Population: 17,282

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21. Pinckneyville (southwest Illinois)

Population: 5,622

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20. Chester (southwest Illinois)

Population: 8,521

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19. Bloomington (central Illinois)

Population: 77,293

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18. Braidwood (northeast Illinois)

Population: 6,033

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17. LaSalle (north central Illinois)

Population: 9,551

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16. Hampshire (northern Illinois)

Population: 6,108

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15. Mendota (north central Illinois)

Population: 7,314

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Images courtesy of Niche.com. 

To see the top 14 best Illinois counties to raise a family, including Skokie and Arlington Heights, check out Reboot Illinois.

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