Three Chicago ‘burbs rank among country’s best in survey

Business Insider’s annual list of top spots outside of big metros slightly favors the Midwest
  • Three Chicago suburbs make national ranking of best suburbs.
  • Hinsdale, Deerfield and Winnetka were recognized for scoring well for factors that give suburbs of big metro areas a good quality of life.
  • Winnetka was noted for its high median income of $211,250, which makes it one of the wealthiest suburbs in the US.

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Rankings and ratings are popular tools for gauging the health of a community on a variety of factors. Or, at least they look good on marketing collateral. For those who are looking at suburbs close to bigger metros that have easy commutes, high incomes, low crime and good schools, Business Insider just released its annual listicle of the best 50 places to live if you are seeking the suburban experience. It defines “suburban” as between 5,000 and 100,000 residents. The publication studies a variety of quality-of-life factors, among them average commute times, median household income, crime rates, public school rankings, and housing affordability. To make the cut, too, the community had to be within roughly 25 miles from a big city. The Midwest state combined dominated the list, and Chicago suburbs Hinsdale, Deerfield and Winnetka proudly represent for Illinois. On the west side, Hinsdale took the no. 28. spot. Business Insider noted that the town has a “quaint...