These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Illinois

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Illinois. And here they are:

  1. Winnetka
  2. Oak Brook
  3. Western Springs
  4. Gilberts
  5. Wilmette
  6. Glencoe
  7. Northbrook
  8. Northfield
  9. Deerfield
  10. Sugar Grove

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Illinois

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Winnetka

Winnetka, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,366Median Income: $207,540
Poverty Level: 1.8%
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%

2. Oak Brook

Oak Brook, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,967Median Income: $148,173
Poverty Level: 2.5%
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

3. Western Springs

Western Springs, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,066Median Income: $140,361
Poverty Level: 0.9%
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%

4. Gilberts

Gilberts, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,256Median Income: $108,352
Poverty Level: 0.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

5. Wilmette

Wilmette, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,345Median Income: $126,471
Poverty Level: 2.7%
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

6. Glencoe

Glencoe, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,824Median Income: $171,250
Poverty Level: 3.9%
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%

7. Northbrook

Northbrook, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,396Median Income: $115,085
Poverty Level: 3.4%
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

8. Northfield

Northfield, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,332Median Income: $102,424
Poverty Level: 3.5%
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%

9. Deerfield

Deerfield, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,476Median Income: $135,754
Poverty Level: 2.6%
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%

10. Sugar Grove

Sugar Grove, Illinois

Source: Mini Golf Diaries.Com

Population: 9,096Median Income: $103,609
Poverty Level: 2.0%
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Winnetka and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Illinois

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Winnetka $207,540 1.8% 4.8%
2 Oak Brook $148,173 2.5% 4.2%
3 Western Springs $140,361 0.9% 5.3%
4 Gilberts $108,352 0.0% 4.6%
5 Wilmette $126,471 2.7% 4.3%
6 Glencoe $171,250 3.9% 3.5%
7 Northbrook $115,085 3.4% 5.4%
8 Northfield $102,424 3.5% 3.7%
9 Deerfield $135,754 2.6% 5.8%
10 Sugar Grove $103,609 2.0% 5.6%
11 Libertyville $112,572 3.6% 5.2%
12 Plainfield $111,536 3.1% 5.7%
13 Mahomet $91,292 3.6% 3.6%
14 Hampshire $81,837 2.8% 2.4%
15 Oswego $97,323 3.4% 5.4%
16 New Lenox $96,327 2.3% 5.8%
17 Long Grove $190,966 1.6% 7.2%
18 Glenview $92,304 3.6% 5.5%
19 Lake Bluff $133,179 4.6% 5.7%
20 Inverness $156,938 0.2% 7.4%
21 St. Charles $83,997 3.9% 4.1%
22 Hinsdale $163,558 4.8% 6.1%
23 River Forest $108,563 5.7% 4.1%
24 Park Ridge $87,626 3.7% 5.5%
25 Grayslake $87,967 4.1% 5.0%
26 Vernon Hills $89,667 2.6% 6.3%
27 South Elgin $86,600 3.7% 5.6%
28 Lake Forest $151,000 4.9% 6.2%
29 Mokena $100,887 1.8% 7.1%
30 Huntley $75,792 0.7% 5.6%
31 Naperville $109,512 4.1% 6.6%
32 Lincolnwood $95,680 4.3% 5.8%
33 Homer Glen $92,547 2.6% 6.9%
34 Lake Zurich $108,294 3.6% 6.9%
35 Campton Hills $117,556 5.4% 5.8%
36 Channahon $90,859 3.5% 6.5%
37 Hawthorn Woods $154,505 3.5% 7.6%
38 Buffalo Grove $96,768 4.3% 6.6%
39 Shiloh $81,731 4.0% 5.7%
40 Yorkville $86,387 4.1% 6.1%
41 Highland Park $115,382 6.0% 6.3%
42 Clarendon Hills $106,604 8.3% 3.4%
43 Waterloo $70,976 3.8% 4.2%
44 Burr Ridge $113,576 7.7% 5.2%
45 Bartlett $94,919 4.1% 7.0%
46 Flossmoor $100,373 2.9% 7.8%
47 Elmhurst $95,240 3.7% 7.3%
48 Frankfort $110,829 5.3% 7.0%
49 Hoffman Estates $83,518 4.3% 6.6%
50 Lincolnshire $111,250 6.0% 6.8%
51 Manhattan $80,490 3.3% 7.2%
52 Morton $70,878 5.2% 3.9%
53 Itasca $77,269 4.2% 6.5%
54 Arlington Heights $78,865 4.4% 6.6%
55 Chatham $78,455 5.2% 6.1%
56 Washington $72,247 5.7% 4.2%
57 Downers Grove $85,020 4.8% 6.9%
58 Round Lake $79,109 6.0% 5.7%
59 West Dundee $80,914 6.5% 5.6%
60 Riverside $97,900 4.4% 7.8%
61 Geneva $93,588 4.5% 7.6%
62 Lemont $87,410 2.8% 8.1%
63 Monee $73,473 5.1% 6.1%
64 La Grange $98,971 7.5% 6.7%
65 Roselle $77,071 3.6% 7.5%
66 Lake Villa $82,351 3.4% 8.2%
67 Gurnee $85,141 4.3% 7.9%
68 Orland Park $79,334 4.8% 7.4%
69 Crystal Lake $80,136 5.4% 7.1%
70 Mount Prospect $69,155 4.5% 6.6%
71 Bloomingdale $71,032 4.6% 6.9%
72 Tinley Park $75,991 5.8% 6.7%
73 Barrington $110,469 6.8% 7.8%
74 Monticello $62,151 5.3% 5.5%
75 Wheaton $84,833 6.8% 6.9%
76 Lindenhurst $88,633 3.3% 9.1%
77 Elk Grove Village $68,188 5.5% 6.2%
78 Algonquin $100,534 3.3% 10.0%
79 Cary $104,343 6.6% 8.0%
80 Schaumburg $72,745 6.2% 6.6%
81 Minooka $84,453 5.2% 8.1%
82 Montgomery $76,207 4.9% 7.6%
83 Spring Grove $103,423 5.4% 8.7%
84 Johnsburg $86,797 5.4% 8.2%
85 Lake in the Hills $83,149 3.8% 8.8%
86 Batavia $92,015 6.0% 8.3%
87 Mount Zion $69,784 6.0% 6.8%
88 Winfield $96,464 4.5% 9.2%
89 Geneseo $55,400 6.3% 3.5%
90 Auburn $61,400 6.2% 6.2%
91 Wauconda $72,987 6.5% 7.3%
92 Woodridge $77,164 4.9% 8.3%
93 North Aurora $81,350 6.9% 7.8%
94 Roscoe $68,253 6.6% 6.8%
95 Columbia $65,286 5.6% 7.1%
96 Poplar Grove $57,167 6.7% 5.4%
97 Palos Heights $77,575 3.2% 9.9%
98 Maryville $80,504 6.4% 8.1%
99 Brookfield $76,735 9.0% 6.7%
100 Lockport $79,845 4.1% 9.2%

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