These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Illinois

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by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Illinois have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Illinois places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Mahomet, the happiest place in Illinois.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Prairie State”:

  1. Mahomet
  2. Oak Brook
  3. Deerfield
  4. Morton
  5. Washington
  6. Western Springs
  7. Chatham
  8. Northbrook
  9. Gilberts
  10. Lake Bluff
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Prairie State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 340 places in Illinois with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 340 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Illinois”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Illinois ranked. Our apologies to Glencoe which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Mahomet

Mahomet, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,592People Who Own Their Home: 78.5%
Married Adults: 70.7%

2. Oak Brook

Oak Brook, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,967People Who Own Their Home: 88.4%
Married Adults: 68.6%

3. Deerfield

Deerfield, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,476People Who Own Their Home: 85.3%
Married Adults: 63.8%

4. Morton

Morton, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 16,493 People Who Own Their Home: 73.6%
Married Adults: 62.1%

5. Washington

Washington, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,525People Who Own Their Home: 76.6%
Married Adults: 64.2%

6. Western Springs

Western Springs, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,066People Who Own Their Home: 91.2%
Married Adults: 68.4%

7. Chatham

Chatham, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,131People Who Own Their Home: 79.7%
Married Adults: 63.5%

8. Northbrook

Northbrook, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,396People Who Own Their Home: 82.1%
Married Adults: 65.4%

9. Gilberts

Gilberts, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,256People Who Own Their Home: 90.9%
Married Adults: 69.0%

10. Lake Bluff

Lake Bluff, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,867People Who Own Their Home: 82.6%
Married Adults: 66.7%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Illinois

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Mahomet 1 7,592 78.5% 70.7%
Oak Brook 2 7,967 88.4% 68.6%
Deerfield 3 18,476 85.3% 63.8%
Morton 4 16,493 73.6% 62.1%
Washington 5 15,525 76.6% 64.2%
Western Springs 6 13,066 91.2% 68.4%
Chatham 7 12,131 79.7% 63.5%
Northbrook 8 33,396 82.1% 65.4%
Gilberts 9 7,256 90.9% 69.0%
Lake Bluff 10 5,867 82.6% 66.7%
Glencoe 11 8,824 87.0% 73.7%
Mount Zion 12 5,830 80.1% 60.9%
Winnetka 13 12,366 85.3% 70.2%
Libertyville 14 20,398 75.5% 62.4%
Monticello 15 5,400 72.1% 60.4%
Channahon 16 12,422 85.0% 63.1%
Wilmette 17 27,345 82.7% 64.3%
Hawthorn Woods 18 7,727 97.3% 73.2%
Hinsdale 19 16,898 81.0% 66.1%
Huntley 20 25,200 88.5% 70.1%
Lake Forest 21 18,914 80.6% 63.4%
Oswego 22 31,723 81.4% 64.0%
Inverness 23 7,516 90.7% 72.5%
Long Grove 24 8,017 94.7% 63.9%
Geneseo 25 6,500 71.1% 55.2%
River Forest 26 11,211 82.7% 59.3%
Homer Glen 27 24,322 89.7% 63.4%
Northfield 28 5,332 77.6% 57.9%
New Lenox 29 24,747 84.4% 61.5%
South Elgin 30 22,126 84.7% 59.7%
Campton Hills 31 10,908 93.0% 64.5%
Park Ridge 32 37,511 77.8% 57.8%
Frankfort 33 18,100 88.7% 65.6%
Glenview 34 45,400 78.1% 59.6%
Buffalo Grove 35 41,613 77.6% 62.2%
Shiloh 36 12,706 67.3% 58.2%
Hampshire 37 6,053 83.1% 63.9%
Sugar Grove 38 9,096 84.2% 59.2%
Lake Zurich 39 19,849 85.0% 64.4%
Burr Ridge 40 10,678 86.9% 59.1%
Lincolnwood 41 12,653 79.5% 61.8%
Mokena 42 18,804 88.5% 57.6%
Geneva 43 21,662 78.3% 61.5%
Highland Park 44 29,819 76.4% 63.7%
Maryville 45 7,727 79.0% 57.3%
Vernon Hills 46 25,535 67.5% 58.6%
Elmhurst 47 45,105 76.2% 56.6%
Columbia 48 9,889 74.4% 57.5%
Frankfort Square 49 9,143 89.2% 61.2%
Grandwood Park 50 5,606 79.6% 61.7%
Clarendon Hills 51 8,548 72.4% 59.2%
Lincolnshire 52 7,270 71.4% 60.1%
Waterloo 53 10,102 72.3% 59.7%
Bartlett 54 41,529 85.6% 63.5%
Winfield 55 9,368 89.3% 62.5%
Downers Grove 56 49,372 72.5% 57.4%
Grayslake 57 20,863 69.8% 57.4%
Plainfield 58 40,641 80.9% 61.9%
Arlington Heights 59 75,577 72.8% 58.7%
Yorkville 60 17,980 73.1% 59.7%
Swansea 61 13,870 68.1% 55.6%
Roselle 62 22,951 73.8% 55.2%
Lindenhurst 63 14,412 85.0% 62.5%
Auburn 64 5,004 77.1% 56.7%
Itasca 65 8,579 68.5% 57.8%
Elk Grove Village 66 33,288 71.9% 54.3%
Lemont 67 16,376 81.6% 59.7%
Westchester 68 16,786 85.0% 55.4%
Godfrey 69 17,911 78.3% 54.9%
La Grange 70 15,675 74.5% 58.7%
Flossmoor 71 9,339 86.5% 53.8%
Naperville 72 144,108 71.7% 61.7%
North Aurora 73 16,927 75.6% 57.9%
Spring Grove 74 5,390 91.5% 67.7%
Manhattan 75 7,017 80.8% 59.8%
Orland Park 76 57,802 86.5% 56.9%
Wheaton 77 53,406 69.0% 55.1%
Winthrop Harbor 78 6,744 77.0% 59.7%
Roscoe 79 10,724 63.7% 59.9%
Shelbyville 80 5,211 63.2% 55.3%
Riverside 81 8,915 73.8% 58.2%
West Dundee 82 7,367 63.1% 60.1%
Highland 83 9,738 62.8% 55.2%
Minooka 84 11,225 78.4% 61.8%
Poplar Grove 85 5,498 86.2% 66.8%
Lake Villa 86 8,860 72.9% 62.9%
Morton Grove 87 23,424 85.6% 60.5%
Algonquin 88 30,189 84.6% 62.8%
Darien 89 22,251 78.6% 56.3%
Palos Heights 90 12,572 87.7% 55.8%
Carterville 91 5,635 65.5% 51.4%
Batavia 92 25,905 73.6% 59.3%
Glen Ellyn 93 27,394 72.4% 59.5%
Lake in the Hills 94 28,926 86.0% 60.3%
Monee 95 5,133 83.6% 56.6%
Hoffman Estates 96 52,271 72.5% 59.3%
Gurnee 97 31,182 70.5% 54.7%
O’Fallon 98 29,100 67.1% 54.4%
Montgomery 99 18,780 77.8% 55.0%
Troy 100 9,931 66.6% 58.1%
Colona 101 5,057 80.8% 50.0%
Cary 102 18,115 82.6% 63.7%
Tinley Park 103 57,099 80.6% 53.3%
Barrington 104 10,830 67.3% 61.7%
Bloomingdale 105 22,208 68.6% 53.1%
Lockport 106 25,063 81.1% 58.2%
Johnsburg 107 6,322 79.1% 59.3%
Mount Prospect 108 54,589 67.0% 58.0%
East Peoria 109 23,225 70.1% 52.0%
Des Plaines 110 58,802 76.2% 54.0%
Rockton 111 7,461 74.1% 52.4%
Manteno 112 9,585 70.3% 53.3%
Shorewood 113 16,186 84.4% 58.3%
Crystal Lake 114 40,598 72.0% 54.7%
Warrenville 115 13,361 73.7% 54.3%
Jerseyville 116 8,305 63.2% 55.3%
Crete 117 8,284 75.5% 52.2%
Gages Lake 118 10,330 77.8% 56.3%
Bethalto 119 9,443 63.7% 53.4%
Edwardsville 120 24,464 63.1% 46.0%
Silvis 121 7,525 60.7% 48.3%
Beach Park 122 13,851 79.5% 53.6%
Round Lake 123 18,399 76.2% 61.7%
Bartonville 124 6,440 72.4% 52.2%
Fairview Heights 125 17,250 66.5% 49.8%
Chillicothe 126 6,181 67.1% 54.6%
Brookfield 127 19,022 69.5% 49.6%
Lombard 128 43,853 68.7% 49.6%
Willow Springs 129 5,692 82.0% 59.8%
Prospect Heights 130 16,344 68.6% 56.2%
Eureka 131 5,638 61.6% 51.5%
Effingham 132 12,428 59.7% 45.5%
Elburn 133 5,733 81.6% 62.2%
Streamwood 134 40,746 81.9% 56.5%
Bloomington 135 77,883 56.7% 48.0%
Mascoutah 136 7,675 63.3% 51.0%
Glen Carbon 137 13,095 62.2% 51.9%
Salem 138 7,135 58.4% 50.3%
Savoy 139 7,835 48.8% 48.5%
La Grange Park 140 13,624 63.3% 52.9%
Schaumburg 141 74,560 59.1% 52.1%
Hillsboro 142 8,371 59.2% 33.1%
Litchfield 143 6,913 59.5% 51.3%
Mundelein 144 31,498 71.2% 60.0%
Antioch 145 14,395 69.5% 59.8%
Oak Forest 146 28,104 75.8% 52.7%
South Beloit 147 8,129 63.2% 51.3%
Coal City 148 5,460 74.6% 48.1%
Wauconda 149 13,189 70.7% 52.4%
Moline 150 43,087 61.2% 49.8%
Bolingbrook 151 74,112 76.9% 54.7%
Palatine 152 69,015 63.9% 52.9%
Machesney Park 153 23,180 74.0% 50.1%
Pekin 154 33,928 63.7% 48.5%
Lisle 155 22,626 55.8% 52.6%
Willowbrook 156 8,607 63.9% 52.1%
Carol Stream 157 40,136 63.9% 54.0%
Woodridge 158 33,227 61.4% 55.5%
Bradley 159 15,822 59.1% 47.5%
Bourbonnais 160 18,641 65.3% 44.5%
Sycamore 161 17,473 60.7% 46.8%
Countryside 162 5,974 71.1% 41.7%
McHenry 163 26,803 70.0% 54.5%
Wood Dale 164 13,882 79.1% 51.6%
Lincoln 165 14,382 57.4% 50.4%
Norridge 166 14,713 78.1% 47.7%
Romeoville 167 39,675 78.0% 52.6%
Homewood 168 19,642 74.8% 45.4%
Niles 169 29,939 69.5% 51.6%
Pontiac 170 12,012 63.2% 38.2%
Berkeley 171 5,219 82.6% 46.2%
Fairfield 172 5,080 58.6% 52.2%
Quincy 173 40,782 56.8% 46.2%
Villa Park 174 22,073 65.5% 53.2%
Carlinville 175 5,615 53.9% 49.6%
Orland Hills 176 7,252 74.4% 53.1%
Loves Park 177 24,435 66.7% 49.6%
Princeton 178 7,698 59.5% 47.1%
Peru 179 10,172 64.3% 47.5%
Wheeling 180 37,886 59.6% 53.1%
Pana 181 5,601 56.3% 46.3%
Evergreen Park 182 19,924 78.4% 45.8%
Normal 183 54,082 52.4% 34.7%
Olney 184 8,997 58.0% 47.7%
Spring Valley 185 5,441 68.1% 49.8%
Rolling Meadows 186 23,646 66.6% 51.9%
Carmi 187 5,307 57.4% 53.6%
Mount Carmel 188 7,155 61.3% 50.1%
Marengo 189 7,451 63.8% 56.5%
Dixon 190 14,963 59.2% 42.3%
Boulder Hill 191 8,349 77.4% 53.6%
Herrin 192 12,721 59.6% 48.1%
Morris 193 13,929 55.1% 47.8%
Stickney 194 6,810 69.4% 46.4%
Plano 195 11,371 66.0% 49.7%
Hanover Park 196 38,302 73.6% 55.0%
Chester 197 8,495 58.6% 30.7%
Skokie 198 65,056 67.0% 53.6%
Marion 199 17,353 54.4% 50.5%
Oak Park 200 51,988 54.1% 50.1%
Milan 201 5,122 64.4% 43.0%
Crestwood 202 11,006 72.3% 40.3%
Island Lake 203 8,033 78.8% 48.6%
West Chicago 204 27,416 63.4% 53.7%
Northlake 205 12,368 61.3% 44.7%
Oak Lawn 206 56,969 76.0% 48.6%
Peoria Heights 207 6,056 53.7% 36.8%
North Riverside 208 6,940 64.0% 38.2%
Franklin Park 209 18,389 67.5% 47.6%
Flora 210 5,045 55.3% 43.5%
Creve Coeur 211 5,717 59.6% 48.1%
Clinton 212 6,931 63.8% 45.5%
Mendota 213 7,161 61.3% 50.1%
Burbank 214 29,097 76.4% 52.5%
Taylorville 215 11,761 58.6% 44.8%
Midlothian 216 14,901 69.1% 46.8%
Sterling 217 15,208 56.9% 44.7%
Kewanee 218 12,694 58.1% 43.6%
Greenville 219 6,860 50.6% 37.2%
Round Lake Park 220 7,758 75.1% 53.1%
Springfield 221 116,815 56.9% 42.2%
Glendale Heights 222 34,436 63.4% 51.6%
Wood River 223 10,477 65.7% 45.9%
Round Lake Beach 224 28,048 74.8% 53.1%
Rock Island 225 38,888 60.1% 40.1%
Palos Hills 226 17,584 75.9% 44.8%
Addison 227 37,215 64.0% 53.3%
Collinsville 228 25,282 56.8% 47.5%
Watseka 229 5,463 61.4% 45.7%
Matteson 230 19,097 73.7% 48.6%
Braidwood 231 6,191 64.0% 54.0%
Vandalia 232 6,247 57.7% 34.4%
Elgin 233 110,906 63.3% 50.3%
Paris 234 8,702 62.2% 47.7%
East Moline 235 21,294 56.7% 46.0%
LaSalle 236 9,537 55.9% 41.7%
Urbana 237 41,760 32.0% 24.1%
Rochelle 238 9,492 53.7% 47.4%
Sandwich 239 7,513 62.1% 47.3%
Ottawa 240 18,992 55.6% 46.2%
Joliet 241 147,786 65.9% 48.8%
Genoa 242 5,716 60.5% 49.0%
Belvidere 243 25,713 66.7% 50.2%
Carpentersville 244 38,128 66.5% 52.5%
Woodstock 245 25,121 58.5% 48.7%
Hillside 246 8,192 61.8% 44.9%
Schiller Park 247 11,842 58.4% 54.1%
Champaign 248 82,848 42.9% 34.2%
East Alton 249 6,231 56.7% 45.6%
Lakemoor 250 6,576 59.1% 51.1%
Jacksonville 251 19,315 51.9% 38.5%
Aurora 252 199,878 62.1% 51.2%
Wilmington 253 5,934 59.0% 44.7%
Belleville 254 43,296 52.8% 38.8%
Canton 255 14,650 57.3% 41.0%
Granite City 256 29,764 59.7% 44.1%
Hickory Hills 257 14,117 66.0% 54.0%
Lansing 258 28,486 65.9% 43.3%
Evanston 259 75,282 50.4% 41.8%
Harwood Heights 260 8,656 56.1% 50.1%
South Holland 261 22,123 81.5% 43.6%
Westmont 262 25,236 46.6% 47.6%
Crest Hill 263 20,444 62.5% 40.3%
Robinson 264 7,264 58.0% 42.5%
Freeport 265 25,225 54.2% 42.8%
Bensenville 266 18,457 48.0% 49.2%
Beardstown 267 6,336 56.0% 44.1%
Bridgeview 268 16,550 68.1% 49.5%
Elmwood Park 269 24,960 62.0% 47.2%
Peoria 270 115,718 50.0% 41.0%
Galesburg 271 31,898 53.2% 35.7%
Mattoon 272 17,906 54.0% 41.8%
Macomb 273 19,193 40.4% 28.9%
Glenwood 274 9,040 71.7% 45.7%
Monmouth 275 9,565 57.9% 37.1%
Rock Falls 276 9,111 60.2% 41.7%
Sumner 277 5,556 60.1% 15.8%
Highwood 278 5,400 40.9% 45.7%
Decatur 279 75,088 54.1% 42.5%
Broadview 280 7,956 58.0% 37.0%
Streator 281 13,152 60.2% 41.4%
Pinckneyville 282 5,600 59.5% 34.9%
Carbondale 283 26,374 19.9% 20.1%
Pontoon Beach 284 5,804 59.2% 44.1%
Hoopeston 285 5,474 59.3% 52.8%
Mount Vernon 286 15,069 49.9% 39.5%
River Grove 287 10,268 58.1% 50.4%
Lyons 288 10,667 59.1% 42.6%
Murphysboro 289 8,189 48.0% 38.0%
Centralia 290 12,880 56.0% 41.1%
Metropolis 291 6,466 48.0% 38.8%
Alsip 292 19,385 59.0% 40.6%
Benton 293 7,185 58.1% 38.7%
Harrisburg 294 8,989 54.7% 39.2%
DeKalb 295 44,092 38.1% 29.8%
Bellwood 296 19,149 66.2% 35.6%
Charleston 297 22,065 40.4% 27.1%
West Frankfort 298 8,247 54.1% 42.7%
Melrose Park 299 25,514 46.1% 45.0%
Forest Park 300 14,202 46.0% 38.1%
Danville 301 32,483 48.5% 35.4%
Alton 302 27,517 51.4% 37.8%
Fox Lake 303 10,757 56.7% 49.8%
Berwyn 304 56,762 54.1% 44.5%
Worth 305 10,827 65.9% 41.7%
Du Quoin 306 6,012 54.5% 33.4%
Steger 307 9,569 50.2% 46.2%
Rockford 308 151,290 49.1% 40.9%
Waukegan 309 88,671 45.9% 44.2%
Park City 310 7,551 54.7% 41.7%
Lynwood 311 9,260 67.9% 44.1%
Rantoul 312 13,214 40.8% 38.5%
Country Club Hills 313 16,752 70.3% 40.1%
Justice 314 13,001 47.0% 42.8%
Zion 315 24,292 48.2% 41.5%
North Chicago 316 30,760 30.9% 29.5%
Harvard 317 9,829 54.8% 55.5%
Chicago Ridge 318 14,410 46.9% 42.7%
Kankakee 319 27,145 42.7% 33.9%
Summit 320 11,367 45.9% 45.0%
Posen 321 5,934 62.5% 41.9%
Richton Park 322 13,718 54.7% 35.6%
Cahokia 323 14,905 39.1% 30.9%
Blue Island 324 23,453 49.4% 38.9%
Markham 325 12,625 61.4% 29.0%
Maywood 326 24,148 51.4% 35.9%
Chicago Heights 327 30,410 49.7% 37.6%
Centreville 328 5,208 34.8% 20.7%
Cicero 329 84,423 44.7% 45.2%
Park Forest 330 22,490 55.1% 34.6%
Calumet Park 331 8,189 59.3% 30.8%
Hazel Crest 332 14,102 57.9% 33.4%
Calumet City 333 37,197 50.7% 31.2%
Sauk Village 334 10,545 54.7% 33.1%
Robbins 335 5,221 39.7% 18.7%
University Park 336 6,852 48.3% 24.2%
Chicago 337 2,712,608 38.6% 34.7%
Dolton 338 23,262 58.1% 31.4%
Harvey 339 25,225 34.8% 26.2%
Riverdale 340 13,278 38.8% 22.7%