Suburban Naperville, Rogers Park in Chicago ranked on list of 50 best places to live in the United States – NBC Chicago

You might not know it — but if you live in a certain western suburb or a certain north Chicago neighborhood, you live in one of the best places to put down roots, according to a new list.

According to a report recently released by, 50 places across the country have been named the best places to live in the United States, based on a methodology that analyzes economic opportunity, quality of life, diversity, and more.

10 of the locations on the list are in the Midwest, and two of them are in the Chicago area.

Atlanta Georgia, which calls a “cultural behemoth” made up of professional sports teams, a world-class botanical garden, one of the nation’s largest visual art museums and more, comes in first. rank.

And while Chicago-area cities didn’t pick up the top spot, one did make it to No. 5: Rogers Park.

“Few places are as welcoming to different religions, creeds, or ethnicities as Rogers Park, an inner-city neighborhood in the northeast corner of Chicago,” the report said. “Residents often rave about the neighborhood’s multiculturalism and cite this as the foundation of what makes Rogers Park such a unique place.”

Rounding out the top ten, Tempe, Ariz., No. 2; Kirkland, Washington at No. 3; Raleigh, North Carolina at No. 4; Columbia, Maryland at No. 5; Somerville, Massachusetts at No. 7; Ann Arbor, Michigan at No. 8; Tampa, Florida at No. 9 and Jersey City, New Jersey at No. 10.

The next Midwestern city to make the list comes in at #16: Naperville.

It’s just the latest honor the city, about 33 miles west of Chicago, has earned, the report said. “Naperville, IL was named the best place to be a kid by the U.S. Census Bureau, the best place to raise a family by the education site Niche, and one of AARP’s Top Ten Cities for Seniors” , says the report.

The report goes on to say that Naperville is doubling the number of families, stating that the suburb “offers some of the best public schools in the state, according to the Illinois State Report Card.”

Other Midwestern cities ranked on the list include Carmel, Indiana at No. 19; Chanhassen, Minnesota at No. 27; Overland Park, Kansas at No. 29; Kirkwood, Missouri at No. 36; Madison, Wisconsin at No. 40; Coralville, Iowa at No. 48 and Jeffersonville, Indiana at No. 49.

See the full ranking here.

NBC Chicago

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