Lesser Known Illinois Burb Makes “100 Best Places To Live” List
I know, you probably think that we're talking about Naperville--but we're not. It's understandable that you'd think so because Naperville has been named as one of the best places to live in Illinois by multiple websites that know about these sorts of things.
One clue I can give you is that the "lesser known burb" in question is tougher to spell than Naperville.
Another is that this particular place was founded by a real estate developer who began construction in 1924, and incorporated in 1929. The real estate developer was a Scotsman named William Aitken, who named his new development after a Scottish village. Mr. Aitken's project is considerably younger than Naperville (Naperville was founded in 1831 by Joseph Naper, and incorporated in 1857).
The Best Places To Live In America List Ranked 228 Cities And 17,932 Towns And Neighborhoods Across The Country
The rankings were put together by the experts at Niche.com, a website that connects colleges and schools with students and families to help them find the best fit. Niche.com looked at several things to make their determinations, according to Patch.com:
To compile it, Niche used federal data from the Census Bureau, FBI, Labor Bureau and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as reviews from residents. Among others, factors considered are affordability, the local housing market, neighborhood diversity, the quality of public schools and walkability.
Before we get to Illinois' place on the list, you might want to know what Niche.com considers to be the best places to live in the United States. Not one of them is a household name.
The overall Best Place to Live in America is Chesterbrook, Pennsylvania, which has claimed the title now for four consecutive years. Rounding out the top five: Colonial Village, Virginia; Ardmore, Pennsylvania; Hyde Park-Spanishtown Creek, Florida; and Penn Wynne, Pennsylvania.
The Best Place To Live In Illinois, And 24th Overall In The Country Is...
I feel like we should have a drumroll, but since this is coming off of a keyboard, we don't. So let's just tell you:
Here's how Niche.com describes Bannockburn in really short sentences that read like a book report I did in 9th grade:
Bannockburn is a suburb of Chicago with a population of 1,315. Bannockburn is in Lake County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Bannockburn offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals live in Bannockburn and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Bannockburn are highly rated.