The map shows where residents in Illinois and surrounding areas believe are the best places to live. Areas such as Indiana and Wisconsin are also shown. Top areas are in purple and green, with less-desired areas in red.

Illinois map of the best places to live by home value

Desireability Index

Top 1%
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The most desired areas tend to be in the north parts of the state, while more affordable homes are in the southeast regions.

Median house prices in Illinois are $311,566, meaning Illinois homes are less expensive than the US median of $376,286. We analyzed a significant sample of states with similar populations like Pennsylvania and Ohio, and found homes in Illinois cost more.

These are the best neighborhoods as judged by the market: the places people most want to live. While these areas tend to have lower crime rates and higher quality of life, it is primarily a map of the best areas by median home value in Illinois.

In regards to housing disparity, the quality of neighborhood within Illinois varies significantly.

Data Sources: U.S. Census, proprietary data mapping and analysis


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