Cook County ranks low nationally but tops in Illinois for real estate investment

SmartAsset's second annual list of best counties for real estate investment measured business, GDP growth and more
  • For the second year in a row, Williams, North Dakota, ranked as the top county in the nation for real estate investment by SmartAsset.
  • Cook County ranked as the top county in Illinois for real estate investment, but the county ranked 187 on the national list. Champaign County ranked no. 2 in the state.
  • Chicago suburban markets DuPage and Will counties ranked in the bottom two spots in the top 10.

Investing in real estate can have big rewards, but also big risks. When calculating the next place to look for an investment property or aiding a client in the hunt, it’s important to consider local economic conditions like business growth, new building permits and gross domestic product (GDP) growth.