These Are The 10 Best Places Places In Illinois To Get A Job

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by Chris Kolmar
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If you’re starting to look for a job in Illinois, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Chicago would be the best place to find a job because it is Illinois’ largest city. However, the capital city, Springfield, is the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Illinois to find a job.

After analyzing all 27 plus places in Illinois, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Prairie State:

  1. Springfield
  2. Champaign
  3. Glenview
  4. Belleville
  5. Elmhurst
  6. Moline
  7. Waukegan
  8. Evanston
  9. Wheaton
  10. Naperville

So listen up Joliet as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Best Places For Jobs In Prairie State

We first researched detailed data on all places in Illinois. However, in order to properly compare places in an apples-to-apples manner, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

This left us with 27 places in Illinois to analyze.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 27, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Illinois”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Recent job growth
  • Future job growth
  • Median household income

Sources of criteria include the the BLS and Sperling’s Best Places.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart and a downloadable file of all the data.

Otherwise, learn how these cities moved up the career ladder.

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1. Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 115,982Unemployment Rate: 5.90%
Recent Job Growth: 4.34%
Future Job Growth: 42.80%

2. Champaign

Champaign, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 81,083Unemployment Rate: 5.60%
Recent Job Growth: 3.49%
Future Job Growth: 41.40%

3. Glenview

Glenview, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,478Unemployment Rate: 4.60%
Recent Job Growth: 0.85%
Future Job Growth: 37.10%

4. Belleville

Belleville, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,118Unemployment Rate: 6.90%
Recent Job Growth: 4.06%
Future Job Growth: 41.20%

5. Elmhurst

Elmhurst, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,385Unemployment Rate: 5.30%
Recent Job Growth: 0.85%
Future Job Growth: 36.40%

6. Moline

Moline, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 43,390Unemployment Rate: 6.00%
Recent Job Growth: 2.49%
Future Job Growth: 39.00%

7. Waukegan

Waukegan, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 88,982Unemployment Rate: 9.60%
Recent Job Growth: 5.10%
Future Job Growth: 40.60%

8. Evanston

Evanston, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 74,619Unemployment Rate: 5.50%
Recent Job Growth: 0.85%
Future Job Growth: 36.20%

9. Wheaton

Wheaton, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,155Unemployment Rate: 5.40%
Recent Job Growth: 0.84%
Future Job Growth: 36.30%

10. Naperville

Naperville, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 142,143Unemployment Rate: 5.70%
Recent Job Growth: 0.85%
Future Job Growth: 36.00%

Detailed List Of The Best Places In Illinois For Jobs

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Recent Job Growth Future Job Growth
Springfield 1 115,982 5.90% 4.34% 42.80%
Champaign 2 81,083 5.60% 3.49% 41.40%
Glenview 3 44,478 4.60% 0.85% 37.10%
Belleville 4 44,118 6.90% 4.06% 41.20%
Elmhurst 5 44,385 5.30% 0.85% 36.40%
Moline 6 43,390 6.00% 2.49% 39.00%
Waukegan 7 88,982 9.60% 5.10% 40.60%
Evanston 8 74,619 5.50% 0.85% 36.20%
Wheaton 9 53,155 5.40% 0.84% 36.30%
Naperville 10 142,143 5.70% 0.85% 36.00%
Palatine 11 68,338 5.80% 0.85% 35.90%
Schaumburg 12 74,276 5.50% 0.84% 36.20%
Lombard 13 43,180 6.20% 0.85% 35.50%
Rockford 14 152,948 10.20% 2.94% 35.70%
Skokie 15 64,588 6.20% 0.85% 35.50%
Peoria 16 114,754 7.80% 1.27% 34.70%
DeKalb 17 44,340 6.70% 0.85% 35.00%
Bolingbrook 18 73,383 7.20% 0.85% 34.50%
Normal 19 52,986 5.50% -0.22% 34.10%
Aurora 20 196,569 7.30% 0.85% 34.40%
Bloomington 21 76,527 5.60% -0.22% 34.00%
Decatur 22 76,091 10.20% 1.43% 32.70%
Berwyn 23 56,376 7.70% 0.84% 34.00%
Chicago 24 2,702,471 8.40% 0.85% 33.30%
Elgin 25 109,513 8.90% 0.85% 32.80%
Cicero 26 83,756 9.40% 0.85% 32.30%
Joliet 27 147,098 10.30% 0.85% 31.40%

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