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You should emphasize THIS post is merely subjective and unscientific. Why? Such lists and rankings tend to reflect inherent biases for and against particular communities as opposed to others Who exactly are the alleged ‘ experts ’ ? What qualifications support their labeling as such and community assessments.
Random data and statistics are often inaccurate, narrowly-focused, and organized merely to support a preconceived outcome. This post will likely receive lots of disagreement and disputes, for a variety of legitimate reasons, not only from numerous Illinois residents but outsiders too. Anything less than from independent and proven unbiased sources is highly questionable.
This list is a joke downtown Chicago is crime ridden and is completely unaffordable. I knew Oak Park was going to be on this list before I even saw the list because this article was written by somebody who is completely out of touch with the surrounding areas of Chicago. I don’t necessarily have a problem with Buffalo Grove but it wouldn’t even make my top 10 in the state of Illinois but it appears all this columnist is worried about is Northern Illinois. Naperville is pretty iffy it might be in the top 20 but it’s just an oversized shopping district with somewhat decent schools. I suggest finding someone next time who has a better understanding for the entire state of Illinois an Ambiance for neighborhoods and culture as opposed to somebody who’s just looking for a job to write things.
Sorry, but this is utter BS. Illinois ranks as the 2nd highest state in the US (with CA as #1)… for people leaving the state! Citizens & businesses.
I’m sure the author has good intentions… but this clearly is not true.
Thanks for the info!!!
This list is odd. Chicago has huge crime and pissed off unsupported police force, gangs. Springfield has home valuation issues, Oak Park gang infested and over woke, Naperville is fairly nice but gangs from Aurora seep in and it is off the heroin highway of I88. No comment about Buffalo Grove.
Im from Rockford, Since when is Springfield the 2nd largest city in Illinois only at 115k ?!?!🤔🤔👎👎😆
How about the further from Chicago the better? People die in the center every day these days just as by-passers to the crime that is only growing lately, completely out of control without any persecutions from the local government who simply seems to adore the fact that innocent people get hurt.
Suburbs, yes. Try Geneva, Batavia, Carpentersville, Dundee, Algonquin, St Charles, Winfield… And some more. This article is pure lies or perhaps someone wrote it 10 years ago with good intentions but only now it got published because of wait list, bureaucracy and politics that unfortunately work against residents these days.
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