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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    A-
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A-
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
    A
  12. Commute
    B
Naperville is a city in Illinois with a population of 146,431. Naperville is in DuPage County and is one of the best places to live in Illinois. Living in Naperville offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Naperville there are a lot of restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Naperville and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Naperville are highly rated.
About Naperville...
Population
146,431

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$398,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,415
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    25%
  • Own
    75%
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Naperville Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    54.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    0.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    14.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    22.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    87.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,041
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    31.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    13%
  • 18-24 years
    9%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    16%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    30%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    37%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    19%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    11%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

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Naperville Reviews

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Downtown area a great place to shop and eat. Parking is available very nice, Family friendly, Great place to take kids for kids. Children have plenty of sporting events. Baseball, Football, Soccer Mecca. People somewhat not friendly often downright Rude! Private College on beautiful campus downtown Great homes, Excellent Schools, Great doctors, not much diversity, Tons of places for fitness. Plenty of Yoga studios and health and wellness work out facilities.
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As someone who was born and raised here, this is a great town to live in if you are white, affluent, and want to live in a “bubble.” There were so many racist micro-aggressions growing up towards those who weren’t white and there is lots of white guilt. Being white, I did not personally experience these but have had many friends I went to high school with bring it up to me. I would never raise my kids here because the public schools breed an unrealistic social hierarchy which does nothing but diminish mental health for those at the bottom and inflate egos for the kids at the top. Sure, they’re great schools, but odds are your kid will follow the crowd and go to U of I or surrounding state schools to party. It’s a town for hot moms that went to a mediocre university who went on to marry rich schmucks. But hey, at least the River Walk is nice!
Naperville is the town of my childhood, and it's one of the best places to raise your kids. The public schools have lots of opportunities for students of all backgrounds, the park district provides countless activities for children to enjoy, and the neighborhoods as a whole are very safe and friendly. This town has a sprawling downtown with restaurants, libraries, and stores for all ages, and a river walk that is simply the best during the summer. I recommend living in Naperville as it is the best city in America!