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

  • 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.

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