Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin Home to Nearly Half of 2023’s Top 100 Best Places to Live in the Midwest

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Chicago, IL – Twenty-six cities from the Midwest, including notable entries from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, have been distinguished as among the top 100 best places to live in the United States. 

The recognition comes from a recent ranking published by Livability, which assesses small to mid-size cities with populations ranging from 75,000 to 500,000. Cities such as Naperville, Evanston, Bloomington, Peoria, and Champaign in Illinois; Carmel and Fishers in Indiana; and Madison and Appleton in Wisconsin are highlighted for their excellent living conditions.

The ranking methodology involves nearly 100 data points, focusing on factors like the economy, housing affordability, amenities, transportation, and education. 

Livability emphasizes that the featured cities offer a balance of small-town appeal and big-city amenities but at a more accessible cost of living, with a median home value ceiling of $500,000. 

This list serves as a guide for those considering relocation, offering insights into where quality of life is paired with affordability in the heartland of America.  You can view the full list of 26 below or by visiting the website here.

Illinois

  1. Naperville
    • LivScore: 862
    • Population: 150,412
    • Median Home Value: $433,840
  2. Evanston
    • LivScore: 770
    • Population: 77,940
    • Median Home Value: $393,445
  3. Bloomington
    • LivScore: 768
    • Population: 81,405
    • Median Home Value: $183,927
  4. Peoria
    • LivScore: 706
    • Population: 113,761
    • Median Home Value: $133,905
  5. Champaign
    • LivScore: 702
    • Population: 91,186
    • Median Home Value: $182,568

Indiana

6. Carmel

  • LivScore: 875
  • Population: 100,691
  • Median Home Value: $380,506
  1. Fishers
    • LivScore: 864
    • Population: 102,878
    • Median Home Value: $332,418
  2. Bloomington
    • LivScore: 733
    • Population: 79,129
    • Median Home Value: $244,663

Wisconsin

9. Madison

  • LivScore: 754
  • Population: 267,446
  • Median Home Value: $342,009
  1. Appleton
    • LivScore: 749
    • Population: 75,761
    • Median Home Value: $198,067

Michigan

11. Troy

– LivScore: 839

– Population: 85,685

– Median Home Value: $343,627

12. Ann Arbor

– LivScore: 751

– Population: 123,372

– Median Home Value: $389,893

Missouri

13. O’Fallon

– LivScore: 812

– Population: 92,969

– Median Home Value: $282,106

Minnesota

14. Rochester

– LivScore: 775

– Population: 123,114

– Median Home Value: $283,187

15. Duluth

– LivScore: 736

– Population: 85,703

– Median Home Value: $212,739

16. St. Paul

– LivScore: 722

– Population: 304,306

– Median Home Value: $290,183

17. Bloomington

– LivScore: 803

– Population: 89,631

– Median Home Value: $321,788

Iowa

18. Cedar Rapids

– LivScore: 762

– Population: 137,532

– Median Home Value: $169,677

19. Iowa City

– LivScore: 748

– Population: 76,439

– Median Home Value: $285,856

Additional Cities

20. Overland Park, Kansas

– LivScore: 851

– Population: 200,187

– Median Home Value: $354,977

21. Fargo, North Dakota

– LivScore: 752

– Population: 132,495

– Median Home Value: $246,138

22. Lincoln, Nebraska

– LivScore: 751

– Population: 294,536

– Median Home Value: $237,462

23. Lawrence, Kansas

– LivScore: 747

– Population: 96,705

– Median Home Value: $223,017

24. Omaha, Nebraska

– LivScore: 742

– Population: 485,436

– Median Home Value: $226,188

25. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

– LivScore: 741

– Population: 203,897

– Median Home Value: $261,945

26. Rapid City, South Dakota

– LivScore: 699

– Population: 78,542

– Median Home Value: $274,003

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