Center Square: it’s the best city to live in Illinois
About one in five American workers whose work could be done remotely worked from home before the COVID-19 pandemic. That share has risen to nearly three in four following the brutal nationwide office closures, according to a Pew Research Center survey in October 2020. For millions of Americans, the shift to remote working is now permanent and the new dynamic means they are not. more related to a specific city for their work and may choose a place to live depending on other factors, including quality of life – which varies widely in the United States.
Affordability, access to public spaces and services, the presence of entertainment and cultural facilities, crime rates and socio-economic conditions are just some of the factors that can influence the quality of life in a city. city or town.
24/7 Wall St. created a weighted index of 25 measures across four main categories – economy, affordability, quality of life, and community – using data from the US Census Bureau, FBI and other sources to identify the best city. where to live in each state. We took into account all the districts, places designated by census, towns and villages with at least 8,000 inhabitants.
Winnetka, a small village along the shores of Lake Michigan about 20 miles north of downtown Chicago, is the best place to live in Illinois. Residents of Winnetka have easy access to the largest city in the Midwest with a commuter line that goes directly to the downtown area. Partly because of this, more than a quarter of commuters in the region use public transit to get to work and do not have to rely on a car. As is often the case in municipalities outside large cities, unemployment is low in Winnetka. The village’s five-year average unemployment rate of 2.4% is less than half of the comparable national figure of 5.9%.
The village and surrounding county also has a high per capita concentration of restaurants, bars, and theater companies, as well as a total of 27 parks that span nearly 250 acres.
Our index is composed of data in four categories: affordability, economy, quality of life and community. Data is all for the most recent year available and comes from the US Census Bureau, FBI, Department of Agriculture, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other sources. It is the best city to live in in every state.
PlacePopulationMedian home value ($) Median household income ($) 5 years avg. unemployment (%) Alabama: Hoover85 175291 00089 4523.3 Alaska: Juneau32 227345 90088 3904.6 Arizona: Paradise Valley14 3621.516 200 211 3932.1 Arkansas: Lowell9 175157 60068 4381.0 California: Burlingame30 5761.901, 900128.4474.7Colorado: Durango18.588463, 70066,1604.8Connecticut: Darien21,7421,471,700232,5244.9Delaware: Smyrna11,484206,40067,2775,4Florida: Key Biscayne12,9151,211,000151,3105.3Georgia: Sandy Springs107, 072471.80078.6133.0 Hawaii: Urban .4653.7 Idaho: Meridian101.905274.90071.3893.7 Illinois: Winnetka12.4281.091.700250.000 + 2,4 Indiana: Carmel97,464333,200112,7652,5 Iowa: North Liberty 18. 80084 5915,6Massachusetts: Brookline59 180933 200117 3262,8Michigan: Royal Oak59 195224 60081 6653.2Minnesota: Edina51 746476 300104 2443.1Mississippi: Byram11 578141 7006 6 6412.2Missouri: Ladue8 601831 800214 8751.3Montana 619203 Papillionebraska: 20052 682,980 5Nevada: Reno246 500335 00058 7905.4 New Hampshire: Portsmouth21 775425 60083 9232.1 New Jersey: Hoboken53,193720,700147,6203,0 New Mexico: Corrales8,588447,60085,5802,8 New York: Rye15,8201,392,100192,6884,1Caroline North: Davidson12,735448,300124,8532,8 North Dakota: West Fargo35,397241,00085, 1201,5Ohio: Bay Village15 325247 900103 5821.3Oklahoma: Bixby`223 90083 1192.9Oregon: Sherwood19 625405 900103 5121.8 Pennsylvania: Wyomissing10 473121.8 Pennsylvania: Wyomissing10 473 1784.3 Rhode Island: Newport24 663448 80067 1025.2 South Carolina: Mount Pleasant86 982461 000103 2322.1 South Dakota: Brandon9 934225 20087 2501.6Tennessee: Brentwood42 407655 400168 6882.6Texas: Highland Park9 1681 508 9 00211 1361.4 Utah: Southern Jordan71 198405 400104, 5971.6Vermont: South Burlington19 162307 50073 0653.7 Virginia: Vienna16 489743 500161 1962.4 Washington: Mercer Island25 6751 218 200147.5664.0 West Virginia: Weirto n18 67094 80049 4966.6Wisconsin : Middleton19 487336 90076 0112.5 Wyoming: Cheyenne63 607214 30064 5985.4
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