Downers Grove landed at number 8 of 10 on real estate blog Movoto's list, based on residents' friendly attitudes, high school graduation rate and low crime rate (among other factors).
The list is based on a few key criteria, including:
- Amenities (shopping, dining, entertainment, etc.)
- Cost of living (percent above or below state average)
- Crime (percent above or below state average)
- Education (high school graduation rate compared to state average)
- Employment (income and unemployment compared to state average)
- Home value (percent above or below state average)
"Talk about a misnomer—Downers Grove is anything but a downer," writes Movoto blogger Natalie Grigson.
Downers Grove joins the likes of the Village of Arlington Heights at No. 7, and Village of Palatine at No. 9. The Village of Northbrook snagged the No. 1 spot on the list.
In 2012, Forbes Magazine teamed up with Nextdoor.com, a San Francisco-based social network for neighborhoods, to assess 500 small metro areas with populations between 5,500 and 150,000. Their findings, published Thursday on Forbes.com, ranked America's friendliest towns based on four data points: percentage of owner-occupied homes, crime rate, charitable giving and and the percentage of college graduates.
Downers Grove ranked No. 8, joining communities like Seal Beach, CA; Huntington Woods, MI; and Hamilton, NY.Downers Grove also holds a spot as one of CNN’s best places to retire, for its abundance of parks, nature, and hospitals.
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